Findings from the project will be shared, as appropriate, as they become available.

The project is in its early stages, with feasibility work starting April 2018. Key milestones are as follows:

Phase 1 (months 1 – 6): March 2018 – August 2018

  • Clarify the intended outcomes of a proposed Scottish Basic Income pilot
  • Generate options for Basic Income pilots to meet the intended outcomes
  • Identify the intended and unintended consequences of the pilot options
  • Develop clear research questions to be tested through the pilots
  • Commence commissioning of key research and modelling work

Phase 2 (months 7 – 12): September 2018 to March 2019

  • Complete commissioned research and modelling work
  • Agree preferred Basic Income pilot option/s to be proposed in the business plan
  • Develop options paper regarding funding / payment mechanisms for pilots
  • Pilot evaluation planning in place
  • Progress report to Scottish Government (March 2019)

Phase 3 (months 13 – 18): April 2019 to September 2019

  • Commission and deliver additional qualitative research requirements
  • Initial business case for pilots to Scottish Government
  • Detailed evaluation methods developed, with costings
  • Agree funding and payment mechanisms
  • Production of interim report to Scottish Government (by September 2019) setting out nature of proposed pilot, research questions to be evaluated, likely costs and benefits, and sources of funding

Phase 4 (months 18 – 24): October 2019 to March 2020

  • Baseline data collected
  • Full data collection and analysis agreed
  • Progress report / full business case for pilots to Scottish Government (March 2020)