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Demonstration Test Catchments: evaluation - LM0311

Phase 2 of the Demonstration Test Catchments Projects (2014-2017). The DTC programme was established in late 2009 collaboratively between Defra and the Environment Agency to address the gap in empirical evidence on the effectiveness of combinations of diffuse pollution mitigation measures at catchment scales. It was developed to provide independent, scientifically robust, peer reviewed and internationally recognised research to improve the credibility of our evidence base on catchment management for agricultural diffuse pollution mitigation to stakeholder audiences and policy audiences including the European Commission. The first funding phase of DTC ends on 31th March 2014.

This additional work will extend water quality, ecological and socio-economic research activities to 2017 to assess the effectiveness of experimental suites of mitigation measures in study areas within the four catchments.
The objective of the proposed project is to perform a short and quick independent evaluation of the DTC Phase 1, which can then be used to support the developing the business case for a possible DTC Phase 2. The assignment will contribute to framing DTC Phase 1, drawing together the various activities, outputs, impacts and outcomes of Phase 1 of the DTC, using a basic evaluation framework. This will contribute to understanding the policy relevance and impact of DTC and the value of the initiative, in terms of costs and benefits. The assessment will draw on a number of key documents including the:

• DTC Summary Business Case, November 2013.
• Key policy questions paper produced a September 2013 Workshop on DTC.
• Drivers, Objective, Approaches and Outputs, 2013.
• The DTC Programme Plan, September 2010.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2013

To: 2013

Cost: £5,400
Contractor / Funded Organisations
John Joyce
Water Pollution              
Water Quality              
Water Resources