Research

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Work Capability Assessment, International
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Report, Research

This Demos report examines how seven countries assess capability for work and proposes "real-life assessment" as an alternative to the Work Capability Assessment. The Work Capability Assessment (WCA) – which assesses eligibility for the main out-of-work disability benefit, Employment and Support Allowance – is widely seen to be failing. Part of the problem is how the assessments have been delivered, but even after Atos is replaced by Maximus, the root problems of the WCA will remain: the WCA simply does not assess claimants’ capability for work.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Mental health
Year of Publication: 
2013
Type: 
Research

This working paper presents a quick review of international research evidence, mainly from the European Union (EU) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), on ‘what works’ to help disabled people into employment and to remain and progress in work. The review was commissioned to augment DWP’s evidence base in this area and its conclusions will be used to help inform proposals for the forthcoming disability employment strategy.

Publisher: 
Commissions & Regulatory Organisations
Topics: 
Education & training, Transition
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Research

Ofsted has published a report looking at the early implementation of 16 to 19yrs study programmes. The purpose of the survey was to evaluate how effectively further education and skills providers and schools and academies with sixth forms have implemented the 16 to 19 study programmes introduced in August 2013 and made the best use of the changed funding arrangements for 16–19-year-olds. The fieldwork for this survey was carried out between September 2013 to April 2014.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Commissioning, Personal budgets, Supported employment
Year of Publication: 
2014
Type: 
Research

NDTi has conducted some new research to find out more about the use of Personal Budgets (PBs) for employment support. The research explored two questions: 1. To what extent are people using PBs to purchase support into paid work? 2. What factors encourage and discourage the use of PBs to help people gain or retain a job?

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Commissioning, Supported employment
Year of Publication: 
2014
Type: 
Research

This NDTi report looks at the effectiveness of commissioning of supported employment services. It finds significant variability in the cost of employment support services and costs per job outcome achieved that cannot be explained by factors such as complexity of people’s disability or size of service. The study therefore concludes that variable cost and outcomes is primarily explained by one or both of the service model being used and the strategic organisational actions taken.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Mental health, Work Choice, Work Programme, Health & Wellbeing, Individual Placement & Support (IPS)
Year of Publication: 
2014
Type: 
Research

The Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health jointly commissioned RAND Europe to investigate these issues by reviewing existing evidence, consulting stakeholders and conducting an economic analysis. The project addressed the following central question: What is the best approach to improve employment outcomes for people with common mental health problems (both diagnosed and undiagnosed)?

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Learning disabilities, Education & training, Supported Internships
Year of Publication: 
2013
Type: 
Report, Research

Supported internships were one of a number of initiatives proposed in the 2011 special educational needs (SEN) green paper ‘Support and aspiration: a new approach to special educational needs and disability’. A supported internship programme provides a structured study programme for students between 16 and 24 with a learning difficulty assessment (LDA). The programme includes on-the-job training, backed by expert job coaches and complementary college-based learning including access to relevant qualifications, where appropriate.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Disability, Learning disabilities, Mental health
Year of Publication: 
2013
Type: 
Research

Department of Work & Pensions Working Paper No. 120 A rapid review of international evidence from the European Union (EU) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was commissioned to establish ‘what works’ to help disabled people into employment and to remain and progress in work. This was to inform proposals for the forthcoming disability employment strategy. The review builds on previous work and focuses more closely on disabled people and movements into

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Commissioning, Local Government, Supported employment
Year of Publication: 
2013
Type: 
Research

This NDTi research looks at the cost effectiveness of local authority and NHS investment in employment supports for people with learning disabilities and people with mental health problems. The initial key findings include that: * After a period of increased spend, investment in supporting people into paid work appears to have declined in 2012/13 * Many commissioners do not have access to the data they need on services they commission to ensure they are achieving best value for money * There appears to be limited focus on the use of personal budgets to support people into paid work.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Disability, Policy
Year of Publication: 
2013
Type: 
Research

The aims of ‘Fulfilling Potential: Building Understanding’ are: * to provide an analysis of the current evidence on disability in the UK to inform the development of the next stage of work on Fulfilling Potential – the development of actions, outcomes and indicators * to inform public understanding and prompt debate about disability and the issues faced by disabled people * to raise awareness, drive a change in attitudes and support an increase in commitment to improving the lives of disabled people in the UK today The main document is structured in two parts:

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