The feasibility of conducting a Universal Credit panel survey

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Heather Laurie, Nick Buck, Jonathan Burton, Violetta Parutis, Mark L. Bryan, Peter Lugtig and Mike Brewer

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As part of the Universal Credit evaluation strategy a panel study has been proposed. This study would allow the Department for Work and Pensions to monitor the impact of Universal Credit on the same group of people over a period of time. From this it would be possible to identify:
Changes in behaviour and attitudes to work, work search, benefits and money management;
Whether policies to smooth the transition to work are having the required effect;
Whether individuals understand the benefit system and their behaviour in response to Universal Credit conditionality.

A feasibility study was considered to be necessary before commissioning such a study because panel studies are complex and potentially resource intensive.


Public Policy, Welfare Benefits, Government, Survey Methodology and Research