Pre tendering design advice for the Gregg Pathfinders

Funded by: Department for Work and Pensions


March 2009 to April 2009

PSI researchers:

Background, summary and aims

Background, Scope and Aims

The Department for Work and Pensions has commissioned PSI to provide pre-tender advice in the form of a research design paper setting out options for the evaluation of the Progression to Work Pathfinders. The centre-piece of the study will be a series of options for a rigorous impact evaluation. The study will also address some of the key issues that will need to be considered in designing other elements of an evaluation, namely a process study, cost study and cost-benefit analysis.

Project Design

Desk-based feasibility study to look at various approaches to measuring the impacts of the Progression to Work Pathfinders. The approaches will include: random assignment of individuals, cluster random assignment of jobcentre offices as well as quasi-experimental designs.

Importance of Research

A contribution to the development of rigorous approaches to the evaluation of an important reform to the benefits system.