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Opportunity Areas, place-based evaluation

The Department for Education (DfE) has commissioned NatCen Social Research (NatCen) to carry out research with people and organisations involved in the Opportunity Areas programme.

The aim is to understand people’s experiences of the programme and what they think has worked well and less well. To do so, we will speak to young people, parents or carers, frontline professionals, organisation managers, and Opportunity Areas programme managers.

The Opportunity Areas programme is funded by the DfE and runs from 2017 to 2021. The aim of the programme is to improve education and career opportunities for children and young people in 12 local areas in England.

The 12 Opportunity Areas are: Blackpool, Bradford, Derby, Doncaster, Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, Hastings, Ipswich, North Yorkshire Coast, Norwich, Oldham, Stoke-on-Trent and West Somerset.

Why take part?

This study will help the DfE to further understand what works in improving the life chances of children and young people in the 12 Opportunity Areas. Your views are important to us and we look forward to hearing about your experiences of the Opportunity Areas programme.

What’s involved?

For more information on what’s involved, please have a look at our Taking Part pages: