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Evaluation of Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities within the European Social Fund

National Centre for Social Research,

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Acknowledgements
The Authors
Glossary of terms
Summary

1 Introduction

1.1 Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities Mainstreaming Plan
1.2 Management of Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities within ESF
1.3 Research aims
1.4 Methodology
1.4.1 Literature review
1.4.2 Review of ESF providers’ Equal Opportunity policies
1.4.3 In-depth interviews with strategic stakeholders and CM
Table 1.1 Strategic stakeholders and CFO Contract Managers Interview sample
1.4.4 Regional Case Studies
Table 1.2 Case Study sample
1.4.5 Quantitative analysis of MI and Cohort Survey data
1.4.6 Research ethics and anonymity
1.4.7 Limitations
1.5 Report structure

2 Contextualising the Mainstreaming Plan – Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities legislation and policies

2.1 The legislative context of the Mainstreaming Plan
2.1.1 Awareness of equalities legislation
2.1.2 Equality Act 201
2.2 Equal Opportunity policies of ESF providers
2.2.1 Equal Opportunities policy review
2.2.2 Findings from the review of Equal Opportunities policies
2.2.3 Mainstreaming
2.2.4 Policy statement and legislation
2.2.5 Commitment and reviewing
2.2.6 Measures to promote equality
2.2.7 Monitoring and performance management
2.2.8 Scope
2.3 Implementation of Equal Opportunity policies
2.3.1 Awareness of Equal Opportunities policies within organisations
2.3.1 Enhancing awareness of Equal Opportunities policies and Equal Opportunities and Gender Equality legislation
2.3.2 Perceptions of Equal Opportunities and Gender Equality policies
2.3.3 Enhancing the quality and value of Equal Opportunities policies
2.4 Chapter summary

3 Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities processes within ESF

3.1 Awareness of the Mainstreaming Plan
3.1.1 Strategic, regional and CFO level
3.1.2 Providers‘ awareness of the Mainstreaming Plan
3.1.3 ECOTEC training and toolkit
3.2 Procurement
3.2.1 Procurement processes applied by CFOs
3.2.2 Department for Work and Pensions
3.2.3 Learning and Skills Council
3.2.4 Other CFOs
3.3 Contract management and delivery
3.3.1 Roles and responsibilities
3.3.2 Challenges
3.4 Monitoring, targets and performance
3.4.1 Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities targets
Table 3.1 Targets for engaging equalities groups
3.4.2 Balanced participation
3.5 Knowledge, information and support
3.5.1 General levels and sources of knowledge about Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities
3.5.2 Levels and sources of knowledge related to ESF resources
3.5.3 Information and support needed to further mainstream Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities
3.6 Chapter summary

4 Barriers to employment and the promotion of accessibility

4.1 Understanding barriers to employment
4.2 Gender
4.2.1 Caring responsibilities
4.2.2 Outcomes and experience of ESF
4.2.3 Ways of working
4.3 Age
4.3.1 Under 25 – experience, aspirations and discrimination
4.3.2 Over 50 – experience, aspirations and discrimination
4.3.3 Human capital
4.3.4 Outcomes and experiences of ESF
4.3.5 Ways of working
4.4 Ethnicity
4.4.1 Language and immigration
4.4.2 Outcomes and experience of ESF
4.4.3 Ways of working
4.5 Disability
4.5.1 Outcomes and experience of ESF
4.5.2 Ways of working
4.6 Overcoming barriers and mainstreaming Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities within ESF
4.6.1 Ways of working to overcome barriers to employment accessibility
4.6.2 Employer engagement
4.6.3 Active outreach to participant groups
4.6.4 Equalities and multiple needs
4.6.5 Flexibility of ESF service design
4.6.6 Flexibility of ESF delivery

5 Progress towards implementing the Mainstreaming Plan