Evaluation of universal credit
UC represents the biggest reform of the benefits system in many years. This page links to the evaluation plans for UC and interim evaluations that have been carried out. Research published by DWP can be found in the reports and research section.
In December 2012, DWP published an evaluation framework for UC which set out high level plans for evaluation and research.
In 2016 an updated evaluation framework was published which reviewed what had been done between 2012 and 2016 and set out evaluation plans going forward.
In 2014 DWP published findings from the evaluation of the UC pathfinder
Universal Support delivered locally (July 2016)
Between September 2014 and August 2015, 11 areas in Great Britain ran trials to test new ways of identifying, engaging and support claimants that may have transitional budgeting or digital support needs under UC. The trials also explored different ways of working between local authorities, Jobcentre Plus and other local organisations.
The findings will be used to develop and inform the Universal Support strategy.
Prepaid card evaluation (July 2016)
Kent County Council carried out a prepaid card test in Summer 2015. This test the possibility of paying benefits onto prepaid cards.
Last reviewed/updated 31 May 2020