The Lone Parents Pilots: A qualitative evaluation of Quarterly Work Focused Interviews (12+), Work Search Premium and In Work Credit

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Ray, Kathryn ; Vegeris, Sandra ; Brooks, Sheere ; Campbell-Barr, Verity ; Hoggart, Lesley ; MacKinnon, Karen ; Shutes, Isabel
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    1 Introduction ............................................................................................. 9 1.1 The pilots ........................................................................................ 9 1.1.1 Quarterly Work Focused Interviews (12+) ......................... 10 1.1.2 Work Search Premium ..................................................... 10 1.1.3 In Work Credit ................................................................. 10 1.2 Qualitative evaluation design ......................................................... 11 1.2.1 Objectives ........................................................................ 11 1.2.2 Study design .................................................................... 12 1.2.3 Sampling ......................................................................... 13 1.3 Structure of the report .................................................................. 13

    2 Lone parents, work entry and work retention: a literature review ........... 15 2.1 Introduction .................................................................................. 16 2.2 Policy background ......................................................................... 16 2.3 Constraints on engaging in paid work ........................................... 17 2.4 Helping employment participation ................................................. 19 2.4.1 Wage supplementation and work incentives .................... 20 2.5 Retaining employment .................................................................. 21 2.6 Conclusion .................................................................................... 22

    3 Quarterly Work Focused Interviews (12+) ................................................ 23 3.1 Staff perspectives .......................................................................... 24 3.2 Lone parent perspectives ............................................................... 26 3.2.1 Initial engagement ........................................................... 26 3.2.2 Experiences and attitudes ................................................ 27 3.2.3 Perceptions of impact ...................................................... 31 3.3 Lone parent and staff views compared .......................................... 33

    4 Work Search Premium ............................................................................ 35 4.1 Staff perspectives .......................................................................... 36 4.2 Lone parent perspectives ............................................................... 37 4.2.1 Initial engagement ........................................................... 37 4.2.2 Experiences and attitudes ................................................ 38 4.2.3 Perceptions of impact ...................................................... 43 4.3 Lone parent and staff views compared .......................................... 45

    5 In Work Credit ........................................................................................ 47 5.1 Staff perspectives .......................................................................... 48 5.2 Lone parent perspectives ............................................................... 49 5.2.1 Initial engagement ........................................................... 50 5.2.2 Experiences and attitudes ................................................ 51 5.2.3 Perceptions of impacts ..................................................... 56 5.3 Lone parent and staff views compared .......................................... 58

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