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Report to gather views of participants that may have been underrepresented within large scale European Social Fund Participants Survey 2015 to 2018.

Main findings

The fieldwork conducted generated some detailed insights into the experiences of a small number of participants who have engaged with eight European Social Fund (ESF) operations. Operations included were targeted at supporting young people and vulnerable groups.

Several methodological considerations were identified which affect the value and utility of the data and evidence gathered. They relate to comparability with ESF quantitative survey data, the limited size of the sample interviewed relative to the scale of operations and difficulties associated with analysing qualitative findings at a programme level.

They raise questions about the value of repeating this type of research exercise again and consideration may need to be given to alternative methods.

Despite the limitations of this study, the feedback from participants generally indicated a very positive experience of their ESF operation, with their involvement having led to positive outcomes.


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