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    Evaluation of the Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership Programme 2011

    Clarke, Richard (2011) Evaluation of the Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership Programme 2011. Technical Report. Birkbeck, University of London, London, UK.

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    Abstract

    This report presents an evaluation of HLF’s Landscape Partnership programme, together with a review of the participative approach to evaluation which informed this work. It will be of interest to trustees and staff of the Heritage Lottery Fund, to new and existing Landscape Partnerships as they develop and deliver their programmes of work, and to a wider audience wanting to learn more about the opportunities and challenges of landscape-scale working. The report comprises five principal sections. In this section we outline the history and philosophy of the Landscape Partnership approach, and the issues that arise as we evaluate such a complex programme. In common with many other heritage initiatives, many of the most important outcomes of Landscape Partnership work are necessarily intangible and some are impossible to quantify. The second section explains the aims of this evaluation project, and describes how the work has been undertaken. The programme has adopted a participative approach to evaluation, whereby the partnerships take a central role in demonstrating what they are achieving. Partnerships have been offered support to carry out this role, and have in turn been able to contribute their own proposals for monitoring outputs and assessing the longer term benefits of their work. The third and central part of the report summarises both the quantitative ‘output’ data submitted by partnership managers, and also more qualitative data gathered through first hand contact with partnerships, together with information taken from end-of-programme reports, reports prepared by HLF monitors, and other external evaluations. In Part four of the report we present six more detailed case studies of landscape partnership schemes which have recently completed their delivery phase or are shortly due to do so. The final part of the report draws some conclusions about what is being achieved, and the advantages and challenges both of the landscape partnership philosophy, and of a more participative approach to evaluation. Without wishing to anticipate the outcome of HLF’s on-going consultation on its next Strategic Plan (SP4: 2013 – 2019)(1) we have included also some suggestions as to ways in which the Landscape Partnership programme – assuming that it is continued in some form – might be enhanced with regard to monitoring and evaluation in coming years.

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    Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Richard Clarke
    Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2013 11:12
    Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 11:58
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/8257

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