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European Social Fund Evaluation of Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities

Outline: Publication of DWP research report 667: European Social Fund Evaluation of Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities.

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Publication of DWP research report 667: European Social Fund Evaluation of Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities.

A report was published today by the Department for Work and Pensions covering the European Social Fund (ESF) Evaluation of Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities.

The ESF Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities Mainstreaming Plan for England and Gibraltar 2007- 2013 outlined the vision for mainstreaming Gender Equality (GE) and Equal Opportunities (EO) across all levels of the ESF program. The National Center for Social Research was commissioned to evaluate the mainstreaming of GE and EO within ESF, in light of the Mainstreaming Plan.

This report assesses progress towards implementing the GE and EO Mainstreaming Plan at different levels of ESF operation. It examines GE and EO policies and processes at different levels of ESF, and identifies and makes recommendations on good practice to encourage GE and EO among ESF providers. These considerations are made within the context of understanding barriers to accessibility experienced by different groups.

Key findings from the research were:

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