How to create resilient neighbourhoods
CRESR

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
Search our work


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.


Village SOS Evaluation

Project Director: Professor Peter Wells
Project Duration: 2011-2012

Village SOS is a programme of the Big Lottery Fund undertaken in partnership with BBC ONE. The programme aims to provide a new model for the revitalisation of disadvantaged rural communities in the United Kingdom. The programme supported the funding of 10 village schemes across the UK, the deployment of a 'village champion' to work with these villages over 12 months, and for six of the schemes to feature in a BBC ONE television series.


Key clients

Big Lottery Fund
Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation
Community Fund
DEFRA
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
Groundwork
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Lambeth Council
New Deal for Communities Partnerships
North East Derbyshire District Council
Oldham Council
Visit Wales
Voluntary Action Rotherham
Wakefield Metropolitan Borough Council
Working Links
Follow us

Bookmark or share this page