November 2017

Communities Fund Evaluation

In December 2016, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) launched the £3.3m Communities Fund, inviting bids from partnerships of local authorities, voluntary and community sector organisations. Bids were invited for initiatives to tackle entrenched social issues, providing better outcomes for communities and improving local public services. DCLG's deadline for accepting applications for this funding is now closed.

The Communities Fund builds on the legacy of the DCLG Neighbourhoods Team's previous programmes, including the Neighbourhood Community Budget Programme, the Our Place Programme and the Delivering Differently in Neighbourhoods Programme. The Communities Fund is supporting 54 projects in localities across England. The projects funded include community-led social prescription projects, domestic violence and family interventions, and neighbourhood based employment initiatives.

SQW has been commissioned by DCLG to:

  • Provide support to the funded projects to help them to develop robust logic models and undertake cost benefit analysis using New Economy's Cost Benefit Analysis tool. The support will include workshops, 1-1 tailored support and webinars.
  • Undertake an independent evaluation of the programme and seven case study projects, generating process learning and evidence of the outcomes achieved.

The evaluation will run until Spring 2019, culminating in a report and presentation of the programme level findings, as well as six stand-alone case studies with cost benefit analysis findings.

For more information about the evaluation, please contact Lauren Roberts at SQW.