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Designing and implementing an evaluation of a national work support program

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  • Ng, Irene Y.H.
  • Ho, Kong Weng
  • Nesamani, Tharmalingam
  • Lee, Alex
  • Liang, Ngiam Tee

Abstract

Welfare reforms in the 1990s have shifted governments around the world towards financial assistance conditional on work. While large-scale rigorous research on welfare-to-work programs has demonstrated effectiveness towards employment in other countries, no such micro-level evaluation of a policy has ever been conducted in Singapore. This article describes the process of developing a large experimental evaluation of the Work Support Program, which the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports started in 2006. The lessons learned from planning and implementing the research can be helpful to future researchers in negotiating long-term rigorous evaluations in an environment where collaborators lack sufficient research knowledge. Insights include ways to focus on the essentials, find alternative experimental designs, collaborate effectively, and adapt instruments across cultures.

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  • Ng, Irene Y.H. & Ho, Kong Weng & Nesamani, Tharmalingam & Lee, Alex & Liang, Ngiam Tee, 2012. "Designing and implementing an evaluation of a national work support program," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 35(1), pages 78-87.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:epplan:v:35:y:2012:i:1:p:78-87 DOI: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2011.07.002
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