Evaluation of Work-Focused Interviews for Partners and the revamped New Deal for Partners

Funded by: DWP


April 2004 to April 2006

PSI researchers:

Genevieve Knight

Background, summary and aims

Since April 2004, partners of those claiming certain benefits have been required to attend a work-focused interview. At the same time, the New Deal for Partners was re-launched. This evaluation uses a range of non-experimental techniques (difference-in-differences, instrumental variables and regression discontinuity) to estimate the labor market effects of these changes. The analysis is based on administrative data and a large-scale survey of the client group is also being carried out, together with a cost-benefit analysis.