Making It Work Evaluations

Last updated: 21/08/2020

Making it Work was a £7m programme of funding from the Big Lottery to support single parents with young children back into work.

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Big Lottery Funded Employability Programme for Single Parents (October 2017)

Parents received training to help them back into the labour market, including balancing work and child care responsibilities. It offered parents the chance to improve their skills and overcome the obstacles preventing them getting work. It was across five local authority areas which all had different partnerships and models of delivery.

Download Main Evaluation Download Briefing on Co-production

Evaluation of Making It Work in Glasgow (August 2016)

Making it Work (MiW) was a national programme operating in five areas in Scotland. It targeted single parents with young children in receipt of any benefit and experiencing additional barriers to employment. In Glasgow MiW began in June 2013 and finished in July 2016. It was delivered by a partnership of six organisations and delivered personal development support; support to help plan for work; childcare, to allow them to participate in training and during the transition to work; support to access mainstream services; and in-work support. The evaluation aimed to assess the delivery, impact and legacy of the project in Glasgow.

Download Glasgow Main Evaluation Download Glasgow Summary Report

Evaluation of Making It Work in Edinburgh (2018)

This report summarises an evaluation of the delivery, impact and legacy of the Edinburgh MiW programme.

The research took place after the closure of Edinburgh MiW in August 2017. It aims to complement and build on existing evaluations, to identify good practice and lessons learnt from the programme and to highlight opportunities for future service provision in Edinburgh. In looking at the best ways to help single parents enter meaningful, paid employment, the author speaks about the importance of understanding all of the structural and individual barriers that affect single parent families, and taking the time to address them.

Download Edinburgh Main Evaluation