In January 2015, the final report for an evaluation of the COASTAL project completed a five-year evaluation that had been ongoing since 2009.
COASTAL was a ~£40million project, part funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) via the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), which supported over 9,000 participants in the six local authority areas of Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion, implemented over a six-year period between January 2009 and December 2014. Its purpose was the promotion of vocational guidance, employment, skills training and lifelong learning opportunities for individuals who are currently economically inactive or unemployed as a result of illness, disability, (mental illness, learning disability, physical disability, sensory impairment) substance misuse problems and/or the serious social disadvantage associated with the transition from long-term care into adulthood.
Illustration of the range of support provided by COASTAL
Source: COAST project, Pembrokeshire
The evaluation was undertaken alongside the implementation of the project so that the findings could be reported to the Project Board during the delivery period, thereby giving an opportunity to react to emerging findings.
Research undertaken as part of the evaluation included:
Telephone interviews with a sample of 250 individuals supported by the project
Interviews and workshops with project staff at key stages during the delivery of the project
Interviews with a wide range of stakeholders involved in the project
A cost-benefit analysis
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