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.


1. Scottish Government Scotland’s Labour Market May 2019 (for Jan-Mar 19).https://www2.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Labour-Market/LMTrends 

2. Creating a Fairer Scotland: A new future for employability support in Scotland http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0049/00498123.pdf

3. Evaluation of Scottish transitional employment services: interim report August 2018. Scottish Government. https://www.gov.scot/publications/evaluation-scottish-transitional-employment-services-interim-report-august-2018/ 

4. See SG publication: No-deal Brexit: economic implications for Scotland (Feb 2019) https://www.gov.scot/publications/deal-brexit-economic-implications-scotland/

5. See: Creating a Fairer Scotland: A new future for employability support in Scotland. Ibid.

6. For a recent summary review of relevant literature on employment barriers for people with disabilities and health conditions, see: Evaluation of Scottish transitional employment services: interim report. (Scottish Government) August 2018. https://www.gov.scot/publications/evaluation-scottish-transitional-employment-services-interim-report-august-2018/

7. Annual Population Survey, Jan-Dec 2018, ONS

8. Scotland’s Devolved Employment Services Statistics Publication - www.gov.scot/ISBN/9781787814189

9.   Minority Ethnic includes Mixed or multiple ethnic groups, Asian, Asian Scottish or Asian British, African, Caribbean or Black and Other ethnic groups

10. See Interim Evaluation of WFS/WAS Services: https://www.gov.scot/publications/evaluation-scottish-transitional-employment-services-interim-report-august-2018/ 

11. Under the Equality Act 2010, a person has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on their ability to do normal daily activities - https://www.gov.uk/definition-of-disability-under-equality-act-2010 

12. Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD), 2016. https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-index-multiple-deprivation-2016/ 

13. For further information see Every Child, Every Chance: Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan https://www.gov.scot/publications/child-chance-tackling-child-poverty-delivery-plan-2018-22/ 

14. Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland were the transition services put in place for 12 months from April 2017 to smooth the transition from DWP led services to a fully devolved Scottish service. Statistics and evaluation reports for these transition services are available on the Scottish Government website.

15. No One Left Behind sets out the steps the Scottish Government will take to develop an employability system which is flexible, joined-up and responsive. See: https://www.gov.scot/publications/one-left-behind-review-employability-services/pages/6/ 

16. Further information is available from the Scottish Government Fair Work Action Plan at: https://economicactionplan.mygov.scot/fair-work/

17. The first phase of the FSS marketing campaign ran across Bauer radio platforms (Clyde 1, Northsound, Tay FM, Forth, Westsound) 27 August – 2 September 2018 and local print media from 3 – 7 September 2018. Campaign materials were based on case studies and the experiences of FSS participants.

18. As stipulated in the FSS Operational Guidance (SG).

19. Most participants receive up to 12 months support, with a further 6 months available on request to SG for those requiring specialist support.

20. Ibid.

21. Scotland’s Devolved Employment Services Statistics (Scottish Government) 27 February 2019. www.gov.scot/ISBN/9781787814189

22. A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People is our delivery plan to 2021 for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. See: https://www.gov.scot/publications/fairer-scotland-disabled-people-delivery-plan-2021-united-nations-convention/ 

23. Ibid.

24. Further information on Fair Start Scotland services and Providers is available here: http://www.employabilityinscotland.com/ 


Email: Kirstie.Corbett@gov.scot

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