Evaluating social assistance reforms under programme heterogeneity and alternative measures of success
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2013
© 2013 The Author(s). International Journal of Social Welfare © 2013 International Journal of Social Welfare and John Wiley & Sons Ltd
International Journal of Social Welfare
Volume 22, Issue 4, pages 406–419, October 2013
How to Cite
Ayala, L. and Rodríguez, M. (2013), Evaluating social assistance reforms under programme heterogeneity and alternative measures of success. International Journal of Social Welfare, 22: 406–419. doi: 10.1111/ijsw.12008
- Issue published online: 11 AUG 2013
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 NOV 2012
- Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación. Grant Number: ECO2010-21668-C03-01
- programme evaluation;
- work-related activities
This article presents an assessment of welfare reforms under a framework of programme heterogeneity and alternative measures of success. The study focused on a specific programme – Madrid's Ingreso Madrileño de Integración (Madrid Regional Government's Welfare Programme) – which comprises heterogeneous sub-programmes. We tested whether work-related sub-programmes performed better than general activities aimed at improving life skills by analysing the effects on different types of outcomes. We also tried to identify which work-related sub-programme worked best. Our results show that intensive employment activities yield remarkably better results than general work-related schemes or life-skills activities. However, increasing work participation does not automatically lift participants out of material hardship.
Key Practitioner Message: ● Strategies to reduce the dependence of low-income households on government support by improving employment opportunities; ● Evaluation of alternative work-related sub-programmes in welfare policies; ● New evidence on approaches that consider heterogeneous sub-programmes and different types of outcomes might inform and partially shape the future public policy agenda in the welfare reform debate.