Exploring variations in the effectiveness of Work Programme providers [completed]
The research will use econometric techniques to model variations in effectiveness across providers. We will construct measures to capture variations in service delivery across providers and, by relating these to estimated effectiveness, we hope to gain a better understanding of what works. The research will exploit the fact that at least two prime providers operate within each of the 18 "Contract Package Areas" and that individuals entering the Work Programme are assigned to a prime on a random basis. This means that, within each CPA, we can derive experimental estimates of the relative effectiveness of prime providers. We will explore the extent to which relative effectiveness is associated with type of service delivery, prime contractor characteristics, individual characteristics and area characteristics.
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