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Evaluation of Communities for Work

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  • Release date: 7 December 2017
  • Next update: 27 June 2018
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 March 2018.

The first report was published in April 2017 and outlines the theory of change and the inherent logic model underpinning CfW.

The second report, published on 7 December 2017, assesses how the programme was set up and how it is operating.

The methods included an online survey of front line delivery staff, interviews with operational managers across the Welsh Government, the DWP and Lead Delivery Bodies, reviewing the database of participants and qualitative fieldwork in 19 cluster areas.


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