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German EU Presidency 2007

2007 European Year of Equal Opportunities for All

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Evaluating the Impact of Access to Work: A Case Study Approach

By Patricia Thornton and Anne Corden - Social Policy Research Unit

The Access to Work programme aims to reduce inequalities between disabled
people and non-disabled people in the workplace by removing practical barriers to
work. There are four main elements of support: support workers in the workplace or
to assist in getting to work; help with costs of travel to work; alterations to workplace
premises; and aids and equipment in the workplace. Employers may be asked to
make a financial contribution and users to contribute to costs of fares to work.

The Employment Service (now Jobcentre Plus) commissioned the Social Policy
Research Unit to evaluate the impact of the Access to Work programme. The aims
were to estimate the difference the programme makes in enabling its users to take up
and stay in work and to estimate whether the same outcomes could have been
achieved without the programme. Users and their employers were asked to explain
the difference the support made to them and to hypothesise about what would have
happened in the absence of the programme.

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