Work-Focused Services in Children's Centres Pilot: Final Report

Marangozov R, Stevens H | Research Report 772 | Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) | Aug 2011

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This report presents final findings from the evaluation of the ‘Work-Focused Services in Children’s Centres’ Pilot. The main components of the evaluation were:

  • Two waves of case study interviews with pilot staff and some children’s centre users (autumn/winter 2009 and 2010).
  • Two waves of in-depth qualitative interviews with children’s centre users, both those who had and had not used the pilot (summer 2009 and 2010).
  • Two waves of a survey of children’s centre users conducted in all the pilot children’s centres (a ‘baseline’ survey in January 2009 and a wave two survey in 2011).
  • A comparison study that involved nine children’s centres in three non-pilot local authorities so that any trends in take-up or attitudes could be linked to the pilot. The comparison study involved both case study research (autumn/winter 2010) and a survey of children’s centre users (January 2010).

A baseline and interim evaluation report had already been published. This final report builds on all the findings from these previous evaluation reports and research components, as well as Management Information.