Intensive Activity Programme trial evaluation: Evidence synthesis

 | Department for work and pensions (DWP) | Aug 2016

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This report offers an evidence synthesis of IES' evaluation of the Intensive Activity Programme (IAP), providing a summary of the evidence across all available strands of research to date. Another report provides greater detail of the qualitative research with claimants undertaken by IES.

The programme was a package of intensive support and structured activities that claimants were required to complete within 21 days of making a new Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) claim, in addition to a full-time job search. The programme was designed to accelerate movement off unemployment benefit and into work through the promotion of effective full-time job seeking from the earliest stage of the claim.

This report delivers findings on the experience and delivery of IAP for staff and claimants; the effect on claimants' attitude and confidence toward job seeking; and claimant employment outcomes and their movement off benefits.