Skip to content

Report DWP ad hoc Research Reports 22

The feasibility of conducting a Universal Credit panel survey


Publication date

Mar 2015


As part of the Universal Credit evaluation strategy a panel study has been proposed. This study would allow the Department for Work and Pensions to monitor the impact of Universal Credit on the same group of people over a period of time. From this it would be possible to identify:
Changes in behaviour and attitudes to work, work search, benefits and money management;
Whether policies to smooth the transition to work are having the required effect;
Whether individuals understand the benefit system and their behaviour in response to Universal Credit conditionality.

A feasibility study was considered to be necessary before commissioning such a study because panel studies are complex and potentially resource intensive.


Public Policy, Welfare Benefits, Government, Survey Methodology, and Research



Research home

Research home


Latest findings, new research

Publications search

Search all research by subject and author


Researchers discuss their findings and what they mean for society


Background and context, methods and data, aims and outputs


Conferences, seminars and workshops

Survey methodology

Specialist research, practice and study

Taking the long view

ISER's annual report


Key research themes and areas of interest