How to create resilient neighbourhoods

Regeneration and economic development

We have a longstanding interest in researching and evaluating regeneration and economic development programmes. Our staff have national and international reputations in these areas, and many act in an advisory capacity to national and local government.

Through our wide-ranging work, we research deprived areas and populations, and the drivers and impacts of community involvement and participation. We evaluate programmes and projects that aim to support regeneration and community development, and assess their impact.

In 2010, we completed the ten-year evaluation of the New Deal for Communities initiative on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government. It was the largest and most comprehensive evaluation of an area-based initiative ever commissioned in the UK.

In the field of economic development, we look at local and regional economies, and what may be the drivers for economic development in a given context. We evaluate programmes and projects that aim to promote economic growth, and assess their impact on geographic areas and communities. Our research has informed EU, national, regional and local strategy and policy.

Examples of our work include

  • an assessment of schemes promoting higher level skills as a basis for improved economic performance
  • a review of rural community-based social enterprises as a basis for reviving village economies
  • a study of the economic links between coalfield areas undergoing regeneration and neighbouring cities
  • an estimate of the scale and nature of the seaside tourism industry
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Advice on the Development of a Neighbourhood Baselining Approach

Project Director: Sarah Pearson
Project Duration: 2012

CRESR is supporting Sheffield Housing Company and Sheffield City Council to establish an effective baselining approach to measure outcome change in the neighbourhoods in which it is working.

Preparing for Green Deal

Project Director: Jan Gilbertson
Project Duration: 2012-2013

Responsibility for improving energy efficiency levels in the private rented sector lies largely with private landlords. The recent introduction of the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), which runs alongside the Green Deal, are designed to support the take-up of energy efficient home improvements and are now the main vehicles, other than self-finance, by which private landlords can improve the thermal efficiency of their properties. 

Measuring and Demonstrating Impact and Value

Project Director: Professor Peter Wells
Project Duration: 2012

This project supports the development of CRESR’s work in outcome and impact measurement. It is working with NHS Rotherham (on the Green Deal), the Charity Bank, Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, and Involve Yorkshire and the Humber. 

Charity Bank in the North Evaluation

Project Director: Professor Peter Wells
Project Duration: 2008-2012

Charity Bank in the North was an innovative project intended to increase the array of funding used by the voluntary and community sector. In particular it sought to increase the use of loan funding at a time when grant funding was reducing. The value of the programme was around £10 million and it was delivered by Charity Bank with Key Fund Yorkshire, Fit for Funding and the University of Huddersfield.

Coastal communities in South East England

Project Manager: Professor Christina Beatty / Professor Steve Fothergill
Project Duration: 2011-2012

A review of the statistical evidence on the extent of economic and social disadvantage in the coastal communities of the South East LEP.

Key clients

Big Lottery Fund
Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation
Community Fund
Délégation interministérielle à la ville (DIV)
Department for Communities and Local Government
Department for Work and Pensions
Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR)
Financial Inclusion Services (Yorkshire)
Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT)
Furness Enterprise Ltd
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Labour Party
Lambeth Council
New Deal for Communities Partnerships
North East Derbyshire District Council
Oldham Council
Visit Wales
Voluntary Action Rotherham
Wakefield Metropolitan Borough Council
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