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ESF Leavers Survey: Extension of Analysis

Funder: Welsh Government

Funding: £14,353

Start date: July 2012

End date: September 2012

Research Team

Rhys Davies (WISERD, Cardiff)
Professor Max Munday (Cardiff Business School)
Professor Gerry Makepeace (Cardiff Business School)


The 2009 and 2010 ESF (European Social Fund) Leavers Surveys have provided a detailed account of the characteristics and outcomes of people who have recently participated in ESF funded training programmes. Whilst small differences were made to improve the design of the 2010 questionnaire, the design of the survey primarily remained unchanged. This provides the opportunity to combine data from the two surveys to create a pooled sample of data containing the responses of some 11,000 participants in ESF funded projects. The primary aim of the extended contract is the aggregation of the 2009 and 2010 data sets to facilitate further detailed analysis.  

Particular areas of interest include:

  • Differentiation between ‘categories’ of projects to establish which are more effective in delivering the range of outcomes identified in the survey and via the Propensity Score Matching analysis.  
  • Sub-group analysis (e.g. by gender, age group) within these project categories to establish whether some interventions have more success with particular groups. 
  • More detailed analysis of the types of jobs accessed by participants entering employment.




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