Learning from Returning III - Return to Work Fund 2011-2012 Annual Evaluation Report
Ann-Louise Hordacre, Kate Barnett and John Spoehr
Australian Workplace Innovation and Social Research Centre (WISeR)
The Return to Work (RTW) Fund was established by the WorkCoverSA Board in June 2008, with $15 million to implement initiatives that contribute to the improved return of injured workers to work. WISeR was selected by WorkCoverSA to provide the RTW Fund evaluation which was designed to develop, implement, collect and analyse both performance (monitoring) data and outcome and impact (evaluative) data to provide an assessment of the efficiency, effectiveness and appropriateness of the Initiative.
This publication reports on the third year of WISeR's evaluation of the project. In the three years since its commencement, WISeR has monitored and evaluated a number of training and job placement projects, motivation and support projects and business engagement projects that have all provided a range of innovative programs, support and activities for injured workers. Throughout WISeR's involvement, the RTW Fund has developed clear objectives and goals that match the strategic direction of WorkCoverSA, and the system level functions of a draft Workforce Development Strategy and draft Training Strategy for Injured Workers work in tandem to solve some of the issues identified by RTW Fund Projects.