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Assessing the effectiveness of European Social Fund funded labour market programmes in Wales

Research overview

Any appraisal of these impacts requires an account of what would have happened to participants in ESF funded programmes if they had not participated in the programme.  This project considers the application of statistical matching techniques to administrative tax and benefit records to explore whether any conclusions can be made regarding the impact of these ESF programmes upon the subsequent careers of participants. 

The focus of the analysis is to consider whether participation in ESF projects can be associated with an increase in the likelihood of those participants who were previously out of work gaining employment subsequent to ESF compared to a group of otherwise comparable people from the wider population.


This research can inform government policies as to which labour market programmes effectively help people to find work. 

Government departments 

HM Revenue & Customs, Department for Work and Pensions, Welsh European Funding Office

Date approved: April 2016

Research team

Rhys Davies, ADRC-Wales

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