|Client:||Welsh Council for Voluntary Action|
|Project:||Active Inclusion Fund|
|Year:||December 2016 to Present|
|Team:||Tim Allen, Mike Bennett, Nicky Schlatter, Jane Mansour, Ruby Dixon, Aled Eirug & Liam Whittington|
This commission is to evaluate the Welsh Council for Voluntary Action run and EU funded, Active Inclusion Fund (AIF).
AIF seeks to address longstanding and complex challenges around helping hard to reach groups prepare for and engage or re-engage in the labour market, and, in doing so, whether they are being- or likely to be – lifted out of poverty and achieving improved life outcomes.
The programme offers grants for community-based organisations to work with and to help these hard to reach groups and individuals by offering diverse approaches in providing support, training and confidence building to help people move closer to labour force participation, and in offering experience of labour force participation through placements.
The evaluation is examining the effectiveness of the design and deployment of the Active Inclusion Fund (AIF) and the impacts for individuals who participate in funded support.
This requires multi-methodological, cross disciplinary and people-based research to provide a robust evaluation of outcomes against objectives, and of factors such as efficiency, cost effectiveness and sustainability. This is particularly important given that AIF sits in a complex policy environment. A key element of the brief is to work closely with WCVA, to provide learning through the course of the evaluation, and from an early stage.
The evaluation runs to 2020.