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Flood Risk Management Partnership Funding Evaluation - FD2663

Partnership Funding approach. The project will review the adoption of the process itself: where, when and what has been promoted through this approach. The evidence gathered will include will inform the understanding of any particular behaviours and attitudes that the PF approach generates and well as a numerical analysis of the outcomes.

Within the context of the policy objectives the project will evaluate:-
• How effectively and broadly Partnership Funding has been applied; how has the approach been embraced by those it has affected; and what could be done better
• potential barriers and enablers: these might include skills, capacity, cross-functional working, local partnerships and leadership, community ownership, private sector investment, availability of resources and growth.
• evidence that there are aspects of the policy design (defined outcomes, qualifying benefits, duration of benefits etc) that should be adjusted to enhance the outcomes achieved. Views of the system’s “customers” should be sought from community representatives, Regional Flood and Coastal Committees (RFCC) Chairs, the Association of Drainage Authorities (ADA), the Local Government Association (LGA) Officers’ Group etc.
• how Partnership Funding impacts on the identification and promotion of future projects and beneficiaries [impacts on the pipeline of projects coming forward]
• whether there have been positive or negative social impacts locally behavioural responses as a result in sharing costs for important schemes with local partners. This might include a greater awareness of flood risk; understanding of FRM and appropriate actions to take to improve resilience at a local community level.
• whether there is evidence of the selection of schemes, such that the outcomes and value for money are not as high as possible under an alternative funding approach?
• Is there scope to increase external contributions? What affects the capacity of partners to contribute? What incentives affect the ability and willingness to contribute? What would make it easier for partners to contribute?

The aim of the project is to provide an evaluation of Flood and Coastal Resilience Partnership Funding policy (known as Partnership Funding), covering:
An impact evaluation and assessment against the original objectives of the approach outlined below.
o More schemes going ahead, by encouraging costs to fall and more contributions
o More local choice in how and when schemes are delivered
o More transparency and certainty on available Defra funding for potential projects
o Better focusing taxpayers money on households in deprived areas and areas of greatest risk
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Flood and Coastal Erosion Resilience Partnership Funding Evaluation Final Report   (201k)
• FRP - Final Report : Flood and Coastal Erosion Resilience Partnership Funding Evaluation - Appendices   (832k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2013

To: 2013

Cost: £71,207
Contractor / Funded Organisations
J B A Consulting
Environmental policy              
Fields of Study
Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management