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Evaluation of the Scottish Union Learning Fund (SULF) (2000-2005)

DescriptionThe aim of the Scottish Union Learning Fund (SULF) is to encourage workplace learning. This evaluation was commissioned by ASD/ETLLD to assess the difference made by SULF to trade unions' capacity to enhance this learning.
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Official Print Publication DateMay 2006
Website Publication DateMay 31, 2006

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Patricia Findlay, Robert Stewart, Eli Dutton and Chris Warhurst
Scottish Centre for Employment Research University of Strathclyde
ISBN 0 7559 6063 7 (Web only publication)
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CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

CHAPTER ONE BACKGROUND TO SULF AND ITS EVALUATION
THE INTRODUCTION OF THE SCOTTISH UNION LEARNING FUND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SCOTTISH UNION LEARNING FUND
THE LINK TO SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE POLICY
THE DELIVERY OF SULF PROJECTS
EVALUATING THE SCOTTISH UNION LEARNING FUND
OUTLINE OF THE EVALUATION REPORT

CHAPTER TWO METHODS OF EVALUATION
RESEARCH DESIGN
DATA COLLECTION STAGE
LINKING DATA TO ANALYSIS

CHAPTER THREE SULF INVOLVEMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION
INVOLVEMENT WITH SULF
UNION-LED LEARNING?
SUPPORT FOR SULF BIDS
LEVEL AND NATURE OF FUNDING

CHAPTER FOUR SULF OPERATION AND PROCESSES
STAKEHOLDER INVOLVEMENT
STAKEHOLDER CONTRIBUTION
PROJECT GOVERNANCE
PROBLEMS AND BARRIERS

CHAPTER FIVE OUTCOMES FOR SULF PARTICIPANTS AND PARTNERS
PROMOTING PROJECTS
OUTCOMES - LEARNERS AND LEARNING
OUTCOMES - UNIONS AND CAPACITY
OUTCOMES FOR EMPLOYERS AND OTHER PARTNERS

CHAPTER SIX GENERAL OUTCOMES AND LESSONS
ACHIEVING OBJECTIVES
UNMET DEMAND
ADDITIONALITY
EXTENDING/DEVELOPING SULF PROJECTS
LESSONS

CHAPTER SEVEN SULF IN THE FUTURE
SUSTAINABILITY
SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE CHANGE

CHAPTER EIGHT CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
SUMMARY EVALUATION OF SULF
SULF AND SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE POLICY
RECOMMENDATIONS

REFERENCES

ANNEX 1: SULF PROJECTS

ANNEX 2: UPO QUESTIONNAIRE

ANNEX 3: EMPLOYER QUESTIONNAIRE

ANNEX 4: OTHER PARTNERS (LEARNING PROVIDERS) INTERVIEW SCHEDULE

ANNEX 5: LEARNERS' QUESTIONNAIRE

ANNEX 6: SIGNIFICANT OTHER INTERVIEW SCHEDULE

ANNEX 7: CASE STUDY INTERVIEW/FOCUS GROUP SCHEDULES

ANNEX 8: FUNDING AND PROJECT DETAILS OF THE CASE STUDIES

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

This report is available on the Scottish Executive Social Research website only
www.scotland.gov.uk/socialresearch.