Evaluation of the New Enterprise Allowance


Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Ecorys evaluated the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA), DWP’s flagship programme for supporting unemployed people to start their own business through offering a combination of mentoring and financial support.

The evaluation involved a survey of NEA recipients combined with ten case study visits based around Jobcentre Plus districts where the programme is running. Each visit involved in-depth interviews with organisations and mentors delivering the support, Jobcentre Plus advisers who refer individuals to the assistance and NEA participants.