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Pathways to Work

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information is held on the Pathways to Work evaluation database; what data fields are used; how much of the information from the database is readily accessible to the public; and how that information may be obtained. (76888)

The Pathways to Work Evaluation database hold information on most of the end-to-end process of Pathways, including National Insurance number (encrypted), Pathways starts, benefit claims, work focused interviews (WFIs), referrals and starts to programme provision, Return to Work Credit (RTWC) awards and job entries.

There are 179 variables (fields) on the database, a large proportion of which are derived variables that are used for calculation purposes such as classifying dates into months, creating binary flags or enabling the merging of data from different sources. The full list of variables has been placed in the Library.

A report, summarising information produced from the database appeared as a DWP Departmental Working Paper in January 2006 entitled “Incapacity Benefit Reforms—Pathways to Work pilots Performance and Analysis (Working paper no.26)”, which is in the Library. Members of the public can access that information on the Department’s website at: