Evaluation of Incapacity Benefit Reform Pilots (IB Pilots)
September 2003 to May 2007
Background, summary and aims
PSI is currently leading an international consortium (consisting of the Institute for Fiscal Studies; the National Centre for Social Research; the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York; Mathematica Policy Research, based in New Jersey; and David Greenberg, of the University of Maryland Baltimore County) in the evaluation of IB Pilots. The Pilots, launched in three Jobcentre Plus districts in October 2003, with a further four districts to 'go live' in April 2004, are designed to encourage claimants of Incapacity Benefits to move off benefit and into work. A multi-stranded evaluation strategy has been developed, consisting of qualitative research, quantitative survey research, impact analysis and cost-benefit analysis. The evaluation is scheduled to run until March 2007.