Fair Start Scotland evaluation report 1: implementation and early delivery review

This Fair Start Scotland (FSS) evaluation report covers evaluation findings and data analysis relating to the implementation and early delivery of FSS employment support services in the first 6 months of delivery.

Appendix 3: FSS Evaluation Plan

The Scottish Government is committed to providing a robust, independent evaluation of the delivery process and outcomes of Fair Start Scotland services. All findings will contribute to our understanding of what works in employment support for individuals and to the continuous improvement of policy and service delivery. Scottish Government will also use these findings to help ensure accountability and value for money from the procurement and management of future services from 2021 onwards.

The evaluation will be undertaken by independent research contractors, following a mixed methods approach delivered over three phases (Figure 11):

Figure 11: FSS Evaluation Phases



Time period

Phase 1

Implementation and early delivery review

First 6 months of service delivery April – Sept 2018

Phase 2

Ongoing service delivery and participant outcomes

Annual reports covering each full year of service delivery to March 2021

Phase 3

Long term outcomes and impact measures

Final report on impacts up to 18 months after initial delivery ends (Sept 2022).

The Scottish Government will publish a series of reports on the evaluation findings, following the timeline in Figure 12 below.

Figure 12: Fair Start Scotland evaluation timeline

Figure 12: Fair Start Scotland evaluation timeline


Email: Kirstie.Corbett@gov.scot

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