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Evaluation of Communities for Work

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  • Release date: 12 April 2017
  • Next update: 7 December 2017
Communities for Work (CfW) is a voluntary programme to help those adults furthest away from the labour market into employment.

The programme and its operation

CfW is designed to respond to our Tackling Poverty Action Plan 2013. It is jointly funded by the Welsh Government, the Department for Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund. 

The programme targets long term unemployed and economically inactive adults and 16-24 year olds not in employment education or training. It seeks to increase their employability and to move into or closer to employment.

CfW is delivered at a local level and participation in CfW is voluntary. All CfW staff work in community settings.

The evaluation

The evaluation is being delivered over three phases between October 2016 and January 2018.

The first phase, which forms the basis for this report, outlines the theory of change and the inherent logic model underpinning CfW. 

The methods included interviews with policy makers and stakeholders involved in the development and early implementation of CfW and desk research.


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