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Natural Environment White Paper evaluation framework and process evaluation - NE0127

Description
The Natural Environment White Paper (NEWP), The Natural Choice: securing the value of nature , was published on 7th June 2011. Defra now wishes to commission an evaluation framework and process evaluation. The key aims of the project are to develop a NEWP evaluation framework for process, outcome, impact and economic evaluation, and undertake initial process evaluation.

The NEWP is a bold and ambitious statement outlining the Government’s vision for the natural environment over the next 50 years, backed up with practical action to deliver that ambition. The evaluation will follow guidance set out in the Magenta Book .

Objective
The Natural Environment White Paper (NEWP), The Natural Choice: securing the value of nature, was published on 7th June 2011. Defra now wishes to commission an evaluation framework and process evaluation.

The key aims of the project are to develop a NEWP evaluation framework for process, outcome, impact and economic evaluation, and undertake initial process evaluation. The evaluation framework will offer added value by looking at the range of NEWP ambitions and commitments as a whole rather than only the individual initiatives. The intention is to learn more from the framework about what fits together in terms of evaluation and therefore prevent a narrow focus where there are many inter dependencies. The research objectives are:

• To take a strategic overview of the evaluation requirements for NEWP, by mapping existing arrangements and proposals for evaluation and suggesting ways of addressing any gaps
• To pick out key groupings of interventions and commitments where strategic evaluation could really provide insights, e.g., landscape scale initiatives or partnership interventions
• To offer focused practical advice and support where needed to relevant policy teams and delivery partners, to help establish and improve arrangements for evaluation
• To develop a NEWP evaluation framework for process, outcome, impact and economic evaluation. The evaluation framework will need to consider a range of options in terms of evaluation methods, scale and budgets, and assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of the different approaches. The framework should include specific proposals and recommendations for a subsequent two year evaluation project
• To scope and undertake an initial NEWP process evaluation. This will aim to establish what is working more or less well, the extent to which implementation is on track and likely to achieve desired outcomes, and the degree to which mechanisms are in place to evaluate individual initiatives and commitments
• To link closely with other NEWP monitoring, evaluation and reporting activities, including work to track progress on implementing the 92 commitments and ongoing work to develop a set of key indicators to report on long term progress
• To work closely with a range of other external stakeholders and experts throughout the project
• To provide opportunities for learning, so that findings from the evaluation feed back to improve implementation
• To produce high quality outputs, including an evaluation framework and an initial process evaluation report

Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : NEWP evaluation framework - Final report, October 2013   (2890k)
• FRP - Final Report : NEWP initial process evaluation - Final report October 2013   (1835k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2013

Cost: £99,927
Contractor / Funded Organisations
SQW Limited
Keywords
Natural Environment