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
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Making it Work Evaluation

Project Director: Sarah Pearson
Project Duration: 2013-2017

Making it Work is part of the 21st Century Life investment area of Investing in Communities, though which Big Lottery Scotland invests in projects that bring improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need. The programme will offer investment of up to £1.25 million each to a partnership in 4 local authority areas: Edinburgh, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire and Fife. Up to £2m investment is available to a partnership in Glasgow. Making it Work aims to join up services to tackle the barriers faced by lone parents returning to work, and to create more sustainable local partnerships to support lone parents in the future. The programme is targeting lone parents experiencing the greatest barriers, including those with disabilities, or caring for someone with disabilities; with a large family (3 or more);  living in an area with a depressed labour market; living in chaotic circumstances; with little work experience or who have been out of work for two or more years.


The Lambeth Housing Standard Health Impact Assessment

Project Director: Jan Gilbertson
Project Duration: 2015-2016

To carry out a Health Impact Assessment on the health and quality of life, including security and mental well-being of Lambeth’s residents based on the impact of the Decent Homes (‘DH’) programme and the Lambeth Housing Standard (‘LHS’) programme on the Council’s own housing stock. 


Community-led approaches to tackling poverty

Project Director: Dr Richard Crisp
Project Duration: 2015-2016

This project comprised an evidence review that synthesised existing evidence on the impact of community-led activities on poverty and identified the factors that contribute to effective interventions. It sought to enhance understanding of what types of community-led activities should be promoted within anti-poverty strategies.


Research on the Issues of Regeneration

Project Director: Professor Peter Wells
Project Duration: 2015-2016

This study investigates housing-led approaches to regeneration in England. The study’s focus is on new approaches to financing regeneration, what the benefits of these approaches are, and how new funding models for regeneration should be developed in the future. The research updates work undertaking for CLG in 2009-10 (providing costs and values of regeneration) and case studies of five projects.


Overcoming disconnection and deprivation in city regions

Project Director: Alasdair Rae (University of Sheffield)
Project Duration: 2015-2016

This project was led by Alasdair Rae at the University of Sheffield in collaboration with CRESR and was commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The study sought to develop policy proposals which can help local and national policymakers overcome the traditional disconnect between deprived neighbourhoods and economic growth. It included the development of a new typology of employment disconnection for all areas across the UK.


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
Labour Party
Lambeth Council
Local Trust
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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