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Evaluation of the impact of the Basic Skills Strategy for Wales

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  • Release date: 1 February 2007
The Strategy is structured by ten horizontal themes and ten priority groups, which essentially define the main areas of intervention and the intended beneficiaries of the Strategy.

Whilst some of the Priority Groups are defined in terms of age range, (for example, early years, adult learners), others are cross cutting and, in some cases, more difficult to clearly define (e.g. other groups at risk of social exclusion). The Strategy is delivered in Wales by the Basic Skills Agency (BSA), which is currently contracted up to 2008. The BSA publishes an annual Delivery Plan, which lays out projected activities for that year in support of the Strategy and activities are delivered by the BSA, Local Authorities and appointed sub-contractors. National Support Projects (NSPs) have been set up to support many areas of activity. A delivery budget of £12.8m has been made available for Basic Skills delivery in 2006-07.

In June 2006, the National Assembly for Wales commissioned a consortium led by Miller Research (UK) Ltd to evaluate the impact of the Basic Skills Strategy for Wales, up to 2010.

The evaluation is intended: “to subject the Strategy to robust and independent research to evaluate its impact” and the project was commissioned in two stages: An initial scoping study to provide an evaluation framework; and Evaluating the impact of the Strategy to 2009-10.

The Stage 1 report lays out the results and conclusions of the scoping phase and provides an evaluation framework, approach to impact assessment and initial work programme for the project.

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