Working Well Annual Evaluation Report

The latest Annual Evaluation Report for Greater Manchester's Working Well programme has been published. Working Well provides support to long term unemployed residents of Greater Manchester to move into work, by addressing their health issues and other barriers to work. Started as a Pilot in 2014 to support 5,000 people, Working Well was expanded in 2016 to support a further 15,000 people.

SQW was commissioned to undertake a longitudinal evaluation of the Working Well programme in 2014. This year's Annual Report is the fourth produced by SQW. It finds that the programme has supported 17,000 clients to date, 2,800 of whom have moved into work, with the latter expected to increase over the next 12 months as the programme continues. The report used econometric analysis to understand the key factors determining a person's likelihood of moving into work. It also included deep-dives into clients facing health and disability issues, the over 50s, housing and homelessness issues, and skills and education challenges, reporting on how the programme addresses worklessness in these groups.

The full report can be downloaded here.

The Working Well evaluation is planned to run for a further two years. At the same time, SQW is also evaluating Greater Manchester's Working Well Work and Health Programme, the successor to the Working Well programme, developed to support over 22,000 additional Greater Manchester residents to move into work between 2018 and 2024.

For more information regarding the evaluation of the Working Well Pilot and Expansion programmes, and the Working Well Work and Health Programme evaluation, please contact SQW's Project Director Graham Thom.