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Evaluation of the Catalyst Pluss Project



SERIO, in collaboration with Plymouth University's School of Social Work, has completed an evaluation of the Catalyst Pluss project in order to assess its impact on project participants and its overall effectiveness.

The Catalyst Pluss project, funded through the Competitiveness European Social Fund Programme, provides assistance to workless people, particularly those who are most disadvantaged in the labour market. The project has established a number of social enterprises that act as Intermediate Labour Markets offering temporary and part time employment opportunities. This paid work is also supplemented with training, personal development and active job seeking support.

The evaluation examined the effectiveness of the project, explored the sustainability and viability of the social enterprises and assessed the additional benefits of the programme in terms of complementing other provision, influencing policy and building partner capacity. The evaluation also determine the added value of the trans-national element of the project and its value for money benchmarked against other European Social Fund or mainstream provision.



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