Monitoring and Scientific Evaluation of the Pilot Project ‘Linkage between Promotion of Employment and Promotion of Health in the Community Setting’

Within the project „ Linkage between Promotion of Employment and Promotion of Health in the Community Setting “ institutions of the official labour administration and representatives of statutory health insurance providers work together in order to encourage unemployed people to participate in prevention and health promotion offers. IGES, IAW, Nizagara-online.net and SOKO have been commissioned by the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA: Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung) to conduct a scientific evaluation of this project jointly.

In the framework of the evaluation both the impact of the project and the structures and processes at the project sites will be analysed. The evaluation consists of two major steps:

  • (1) Impact Analysis: The first complex of evaluation questions aims at identifying if, to what extent and how the project contributes to improving the health status, the social participation and chances of labour market integration for participating unemployed persons.
  • (2) Process Analysis: A second complex of evaluation questions focuses on the structures, the processes and the interactions between different actors at the individual project sites. Key aspects will be the cooperation of the actors, the functionality as well as the operational capability of the local structures and forms of organisation, and finally the respective local and regional framework conditions.

The interim results of the evaluation will be communicated to relevant actors of the local project management already during the evaluation, so that they can be used promptly for continuous improvements of the project.

The evaluation is based on three main methodological pillars:

  • A standardized online survey of the actors on site in two waves allows for representative statements about the implementation and success factors of the projects on site. It is therefore an important element of the process analysis. The standardized survey on the situation at the individual sites serves furthermore to define the specific combination of counselling and instruments, whose effect is evaluated within the impact analysis.
  • An impact analysis in two waves, based on a standardized telephone survey of unemployed persons as well as data of the Federal Employment Agency identifies the impact of the project and measurements developed within the project on the health-related behaviour of the participants, their health-related life quality, their social integration, taking up employment and various other outcome indicators.
  • Within a qualitative design of case studies based on interviews, document analyses and workshops at 15 sites, structures, processes and interactions of local actors are evaluated. This allows to address how the sites take on their tasks specifically, in what way they cooperate and which dynamics and types of formation and institutionalisation they experience.

In cooperation with:

  • IGES Institut GmbH, Berlin (Konsortialführer)
  • SOKO-Institut GmbH, Bielefeld

Commissioned by:

  • Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung – BZgA

Project team:

  • Dr. Andreas Koch (Projektleitung am IAW)
  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard Boockmann
  • Philipp Kugler
  • Marcel Reiner
  • Khira Sippli
  • Dr. Jochen Späth

Contact Person:
Dr. Andreas Koch ( +49 7071 9896 12 // E-Mail )

Status:

2018 - ongoing