Working Paper No.11. Author. Sarah James when a student on placement with the State Services Commission. August 2000.
Overall, this cost-benefit analysis indicates positive results from the programme for all parties involved, from both economic and financial perspectives. Intangible benefits of the programme, such as attachment to the workforce, greater social participation, increased self esteem, reduced needs for hospitalisation and other health care, and a more diverse and representative state sector, add further to the value of Mainstream.
Together with Working Paper No. 10, this paper has been made available to coincide with a presentation by the Programme Manager of Mainstream to an international congress on "Work and Employment Options in the 21st Century' in August 2000.
Note: Publication of the Working Papers Series recognises the value of developmental work in generating policy options. The papers in this series were prepared for the purpose of informing policy development. The views expressed are those of the authors and should not be taken to be the views of the State Services Commission. The Commission view may differ in substance or extent from that contained in this paper.
Published by the State Services Commission, August 2000.