Great Place Programme Evaluation (England)

In 2016 the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England came together, with support from Historic England, to create an exciting new initiative to support local partnerships to develop innovative approaches for putting culture at the heart of communities and local policy making.

The Great Place Scheme is a three year funding programme that supports cross-sector collaboration that can help build the foundations for sustainable change. Change that can drive places to be better socially, economically and environmentally.

Evaluating the Great Place Scheme has been a key part of our plans from the start. The report on the first year of the programme is the first of three reports that will give us insight into three overarching questions:

  • How best to re-position culture in local decision making, planning and delivery?
  • Do new approaches lead to improved social, economic and cultural outcomes for local partners?
  • How do National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England work together to support these new approaches in the future?

You can read about the logic model for the evaluation and how the methodology incorporates the different ambitions driving the different projects.

The report presents four case studies selected to provide a variety of different governance models and local area contexts as well as three counterfactual case studies looking at scheme's that did not achieve Great Place scheme funding.

The general direction of travel is good, inevitably the first year of most of the projects was about getting staff and systems in place for delivery of work in subsequent years. With this phase completed evaluation reports for the second and third years will provide more information on the work done and the difference the programme is making.

Overall we are pleased with progress made so far in what is a unique and ambitious partnership that is seeking to transform places by putting culture front and centre of local strategy and planning in a wide variety of areas.

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