Departmental Research

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 16th January 2006.

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Photo of Bob Spink Bob Spink Conservative, Castle Point

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research projects commissioned by his Department are being undertaken; and what the publication arrangements are in each case.

Photo of Anne McGuire Anne McGuire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Research projects currently being undertaken that have been commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions are outlined in the following list.

Project name:

The Pension Service Customer Survey 2005

Micro-employers attitudes to employee pension provision

Evaluation of automatic state pension forecasts

Design of the evaluation of the Pension Education Fund

Evaluation of The Pension Service Partnership Fund

Overcoming barriers to Pension Credit Take-Up

Overcoming barriers to Pension Credit Take-Up: Qualitative research with Pension Credit Eligible non-recipients

Attitudes to Pensions Survey

Pensions and Savings research: Focus Groups

The International Pensions Centre Customer Survey

Pensions and Savings research: Omnibus questions

Survey of Annuity pricing

Evaluation of Pension Increase Pledge

The effects of means-testing pensions on savings and retirement

Understanding older people's experiences of poverty and material deprivation—quantitative element

Understanding older people's experiences of poverty and material deprivation—qualitative element

The importance of incentives in influencing private retirement savings: known knowns and unknowns

Savings incentives—Understanding the interactions of long term savings and debt

Employers Pension Provision Survey 2005

Which pensioners don't spend their income and why?

Self-employed: Work and Saving for retirement

Retirement Planner: Proof of concept work

Qualitative evaluation of the Intensive Activity period for 50+

Transitions to and from activity for the over 50s

Work and Retirement Literature Review

Work and Retirement Literature Review

Age Legislation: Qualitative research with employers (and secondary dataset analysis subject to funding )

Intensive Activity Period for 50+—Qualitative

Macroeconomic Modelling of savings scenarios

Initial Evaluation of the Phase 1 Age Partnership Group Be Ready" National Guidance Campaign products

Age and Training Phase 2

Encouraging Cultural Change: Communication about extending working life

Poverty and large families

Intergenerational Child Poverty

Understanding debt

Poverty—Bucking The Trend

Administrative Datasets for Measuring Impacts on Disadvantage

Families, Health and Work

Examining the position of the public sector in relation to the provisions of the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act (coming into force October 2004) and the new Disability Discrimination Bill

Disability Communications

Economic and Social Costs and Benefits to employers for recruiting, retaining and employing disabled people and/or people with health conditions or injury

Information needs for disabled people

Job Retention and Rehabilitation Evaluation

Fair Cities Evaluation

Jobcentre Plus National Customer Satisfaction Survey 2005 (Ethnic Minority Booster)

Overarching thematic analysis of Jobcentre Plus employment policies for ex-offenders

Jobcentre Plus Local Office Traffic Survey

Jobseekers Mandatory Activity Pilots Evaluation

Job Outcome Target quantitative evaluation strand

Evaluation of Jobcentre Plus Job Outcome Target Pilots: Stage Three

Job Outcome Target Pilots' Evaluation: Summary Report

Evaluation of the New Deal Plus Project

Clusters of workless couples and their employment transitions: Phase 1

Review of Action Teams for Jobs

Work Based Learning for Adults—Longer term outcomes of Work Based Learning for Adults customers

A methodological study of barriers to work

Annual Employer Research

Evaluation of Pathways to Work Expansion (to a further 14 Districts)

Evaluation of Multiple Provider Employment Zones

Employment Zones Extensions Qualitative ( Single Provider)

Evaluation of Working Neighbourhoods Pilot

Maximising the Role of Outreach

Basic Skills Mandatory Training Pilots

Evaluation of Skills Coaching

Systematic Review of the Impact of Adult Learning

Base lining Survey for Financial Support for Adult Learners

Sanctions Quantitative

Repeat Spells

Evaluation Extensions to Personal Adviser meetings

Evaluation of Specialist Employment Advisers

Secondary Analysis of New Deal for Lone Parents /Work Focused interviews Datasets

Perceptions and Experiences in Jobcentre Plus

Part-time Work seminar

Customer Case Management

Survey of Employers Practices

Ethnic Minority Populations and the Labour Market: Analysis of the 2001 Census

Barriers to Employment: Pakistani and Bangladeshi

Ethnic Parity in Jobcentre Plus Programmes and Mainstream Services

Lone Parent and Partner Pilots: In Work Credit, Work Search Premium and Quarterly Work Focused Interviews Qualitative Evaluation

Lone Parent In Work Credit, Work Search Premium, Extended Schools Child Care , Childcare Tasters and Quarterly Work Focused Interviews Impact Evaluation

Work focused Interviews and New Deal for Partners Evaluation (Quantitative)

Work focused Interviews and New Deal for Partners Evaluation (Qualitative)

Family and Children's Survey

Review of Family and Children's Survey

Survey of New Deal for Disabled People Registrants, cohort three: additional analysis of dataset

Evaluation of New Deal for Disabled People Extensions

The impact of Incapacity Benefit Pilots (Condition Management Programme) on participants health related quality of life

Routes onto Incapacity Benefits—quantitative work

Statutory Sick Pay Feasibility Project

Literature review of the scientific evidence regarding chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on behalf of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council

WORKSTEP Evaluation

WORKSTEP Modernisation Funds Evaluation

British Social Attitudes Survey (Welfare Module)

Contribution to the Millennium birth Cohort

Contribution to the General household survey

Attitudes to making adjustments to common parts in rented and leased residential accommodation

Claimants and advisers awareness of and attitudes to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit as an In-Work Benefit

Housing Benefit Control for Gypsy Site Rents

Claimants motivations for reporting changes of circumstances

Local Housing Authority Pathfinders

An Investigation of Child Support Agency Maintenance Direct payments—Qualitative research

An Investigation of Child Support Agency Maintenance Direct Payments—Quantitative research

European Social Fund Objective 3 Beneficiary Survey

Evaluation of the impact of co-financing on European Social Fund Objectives

Survey of European Social Fund Objectives

Update to the mid-term Evaluation of the European Social Fund Community Support Framework

Developing Policy: Positive Action Policies

Public Awareness Research

Conversion of PDF research files using ORC software and future conversion of hard copy research using ORC software

Evaluation Databases

What Works? Literature review and meta-analysis

Linking English Longitudinal Study of Ageing data to administrative data: documenting the process and access arrangements

Evaluation of CMS version3

Externally commissioned research findings are released publicly, the vast majority appearing in the Department's Research Report Series which is available both in hard copy and for download from the website (

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