Derrick Johnstone was commissioned as a Local Improvement Advisor (LIA) to help Communities and Local Government (CLG) gather a picture of the use and impact of the Working Neighbourhoods Fund (WNF) as of March 2010, updating the findings of the WNF Evaluation Scoping Report, which reviewed progress in implementing the programme a year earlier. Derrick advised on the approach to gathering the data and drew together a report based on information collected by a team of LIAs. The report, published by the Department of Communities and Local Government, WNF Project Study
, highlighted a range of good and innovative practices and available evidence of impact.
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We assisted Norfolk County Council and partners in developing the Worklessness Assessment and Framework for the county, in partnership with OCSI and Papworth Consulting.Elements of the work included:
- analysis of changes in the Norfolk labour market, needs and barriers amongst disadvantaged groups
- customer research, focusing on the needs and experiences of individuals from different groups and parts of the county
- pulling together information on current worklessness provision in the county, building on a regional mapping project undertaken by the University of Glasgow
- reviewing the implications of a changing policy environment
The Worklessness Assessment fed into the Norfolk Economic Assessment and the County’s Child Poverty Assessment and Strategy. The work subsequently provided a basis for influencing the delivery of the Work Programme in the county.
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