In March 2005, the Resettlement Interagency Partnership (RIAP) commissioned an independent evaluation of the delivery of the Gateway Protection Programme (GPP). Various agencies in RIAP, funded via the Home Office for the Programme had agreed to pool evaluation budgets, in order to ensure an integrated evaluation process. The overall aims of the evaluation were:
♦ To assess the effectiveness of the Resettlement Interagency Partnership (RIAP) and Gateway Protection Programme (GPP) in delivering services and support that are in the best interests of refugees.
♦ To identify the key learning points and best practice from the experience of delivering the Programme to date.
♦ To provide a set of recommendations and suggested models to help further develop the Programme.
In carrying out the evaluation, considerations of cost effectiveness and value for money have been included. The ethos of the evaluation has been ‘forward looking’, identifying strengths and areas of good practice, and considering how these might be built on. Where particular challenges and areas in need of further development have emerged, these have been constructively draw upon as lessons learnt in this pilot period, so that they can inform future work on the Programme.
As part of the agreed evaluation process, individual feedback will be provided to key RIAP and other delivery partners. This detailed feedback is not included within this report.
The Gateway Protection Programme involves a number of delivery stages, pre-arrival and then post arrival in the UK. Those elements of the programme that are delivered in the countries from which refugees travel are referred to in the evaluation, particularly where they have had an impact on resettlement and on the services offered within the UK. However, they have not been considered in the same detail as the post arrival stages, since the level of fieldwork required for this was not within the agreed scope of this evaluation.
This report begins with a summary of key findings and recommendations, followed by a brief background to GPP and description of the evaluation methodology. The detailed evaluation findings and analysis are then presented in four sections that consider the delivery of services, the structure and function of the Programme, the partnership approach, and principles for future development.