Category: Evaluation

National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal evaluation

Evaluation of the National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal: Scoping Study ( pdf 773KB) –  project to clarify the scope and methodological options to evaluate progress, lessons and  impact of the National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal (for Neighbourhood Renewal Unit, ODPM) (project led by Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge). Educe inputs included developing content on ‘Characteristics of good strategy evaluation’ (including international best practice) and undertaking interviews with other government departments regarding their policy relationship and relevant data and research activities.

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Bedfordshire: Towards 2021 evaluation

Evaluation of ‘Bedfordshire: Towards 2021’ ( pdf – 613KB) –  a training and development programme targeted at key professionals to enable them to develop skills needed to deliver the Sustainable Communities agenda in Bedfordshire and Luton. The programme, developed by Luton and Dunstable Partnership, took its inspiration from the findings of the Egan Review, ‘Skills for Sustainable Communities’, which highlighted the need to enable people to widen their knowledge, enable partnership working and create a new breed of all-round regeneration worker.

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Rural Action East evaluation

Project to develop an evaluation framework for Rural Action East (RAE), the partnership body representing Rural Community Councils and rural community interests in the East of England, and assess its impact to date. The project sought to:
  • capture the ‘strategic added value’ that RAE brings to regional economic development and in particular delivery of the Regional Economic Strategy
  • articulate the impact that RAE has had in the region since its establishment, including benefits to rural communities
  • provide a clear focus for RAE’s strategic activities over the next three years, notably but not limited to engagement with EEDA, the regional dveelopment agency
This involved an assessment of the extent of RAE’s influence in its relationships with key partners, particularly EEDA, taking account the changing policy context at regional and national levels.

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Neighbourhood Renewal Skills & Knowledge Evaluation

Final reports from our evaluation of the national Skills and Knowledge for Neighbourhood Renewal programme, developed by the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit of the then ODPM. The programme sought to support performance improvement in Local Strategic Partnerships and other neighbourhood renewal partnerships, and help equip everyone with a role to play with the skills they need.

  • Seeking the Lessons: an evaluation of the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit’s Skills and Knowledge Programme: Research Report 19 (  428KB) and summary ( 163KB)

There are six background reports:

Project led by Educe with University of Cambridge (Department of Land Economy), Makesfive Ltd, GFA Consulting and Infoseek.

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Linking Thinking evaluation

Evaluation ( pdf – 251 KB) of the ‘Linking Thinking’ programme, a cross-agency initiative to build the skills, knowledge and confidence of staff in the Government Office for the East of England, East of England Development Agency (EEDA) and East of England Regional Assembly (EERA) who were involved with LSPs and neighbourhood partnerships.

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Kickstart development

Kickstart Norfolk: evidence of jobs and accessibility needs in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire

Project investigating needs amongst disadvantaged people for moped loan and work-based learning, service impact, and potential to develop Kickstart across Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. This included consideration of cost benefit evidence and arguments. Kickstart is a well-established project, helping to overcome travel barriers to employment and training, especially – but not exclusively – aimed at young people in rural areas.Kickstart have since won several £m in contracts, assisting nearly 3,000 people into jobs or training in the process.

Report available for download ( 1783KB).

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