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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The Social Benefits of Engagement with Culture and Sport

Project Director: Professor Peter Taylor (SIRC)
Project Duration: 2012-2013

Commissioned under the DCMS CASE programme this project seeks to enhance knowledge and understanding of the impact of culture and sport on well-being. The study provides evidence on an array of social impacts and provides guidance as to how impact can be measured in the future.


Meta Evaluation of the 2012 games

Project Director: Professor Peter Wells
Project Duration: 2011-2013

Peter Wells was an expert adviser to the team undertaking the Meta Evaluation of the London 2012 Games (Olympics and Paralympics). The role involved the review of the reports being produced by the evaluation team.


Groundwork Quality Assessment and Impact Evaluation Framework

Project Director: Dr Tony Gore
Project Duration: 2011-2012

This project involves providing assistance to the Groundwork federation in its efforts to improve its impact evaluation processes and methods. The work includes the development of a quality assurance and impact evaluation framework which builds on existing processes and procedures, plus support in piloting it in selected Trusts. The framework incorporates qualitative (attitudinal and perceptual) elements that can underpin a wider ‘social return on investment’ approach, as well as quantitative valuation of net outputs as a means of assessing added value and cost effectiveness.


Measuring Out Impact

Project Director: Professor Peter Wells
Project Duration: 2012-2013

This project developed an evaluation framework for the Online Centres Foundation which it could implement through its funded projects. The project developed a range of outcome measures.


EFTEC Evidence Assessment

Project Director: Dr Tony Gore
Project Duration: 2012-2013

This study involves a review and assessment of evidence on the extent to which green infrastructure improvement acts as a catalyst for economic growth. The results from this review will feed into green infrastructure policy for economic growth in the UK and will advise on further work in this area. This project was a joint venture with eftec.


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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