Business & Skills

Evaluation of Community Support Grants

Tackling disadvantage in rural communities
Established in 2005 The Rural Target Fund was intended to “provide investment to rural communities in order to reduce disadvantage.” More specifically it was a source of funding accessible to community groups aiming to deliver projects that contribute to social, economic, environmental and community well-being

Evaluating The Army’s recruitment advertising materials

Canvassing the opinions of new recruits
How and why young people choose a particular profession or job will inevitably vary according to their background and the opinions of families and friends. Since recruiting and keeping young soldiers remains a challenge, The Army decided to conduct research with new recruits to establish what influences them, their perceptions of army life, and their reasons for joining the infantry

Evaluating Enterprise Week for EMDA

Encouraging entrepreneurship amongst young people
Enterprise Weeks offer a range of events and competitions designed to give young people the confidence, skills and inspiration to turn their own business ideas into reality and to work and act more entrepreneurially. Research can assess the effectiveness of Enterprise Week and reveal new ways to promote entrepreneurial activity amongst young people

Evaluating the work of Regional Development Agencies

Looking for evidence
Regional Development Agencies are increasingly being asked to demonstrate value for money, Gross Value Added, and how they intend to develop their services. Targeting the people most likely to be affected by RDA activity and asking the right questions will provide reliable evidence policy makers can use

The Local Economic Growth Initiative (LEGI) in Leeds

Exploiting the potential in our communities
LEGI aims to “release the economic and productivity potential of the most deprived local areas across the country through enterprise and investment, boosting local incomes and employment opportunities, and building sustainable communities.” To achieve these aims, local planners first need to know more about the economic activity levels and attitudes of businesses and residents