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Report DWP ad hoc Research Reports 22

The feasibility of conducting a Universal Credit panel survey

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Publication date

Mar 2015

Summary

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.

Subjects

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

Links

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-feasibility-of-conducting-a-universal-credit-panel-survey

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