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Evaluating the Reward and Recognition Schemes - WR1509

Since the first round of the Reward and Recognition Fund (RRF) the policy landscape has evolved. Different actors have carried out complementary and, at times, conflicting initiatives, for example the National Endowment of the Science, Technology and the Arts’ (NESTA) Waste Reduction Challenge and the Communities and Local Government’s Weekly Collection Support Scheme. Meanwhile the call on organisations outside central Government to deliver innovative solutions (involving reward and recognition) to complex issues such as recycling, re-use, repair, food waste and waste prevention and reduction grows greater as the financial welfare of our society remains fragile.

For these reasons there is an even greater need to ensure that when public funds are invested they provide the greatest public benefit and demonstrate impact – an evaluation can provide this. The evaluation of 31 diverse pilots in total, delivered by 25 organisations for the RRF, provided an insight to running such projects. The fund provided a test bed for local authorities and community groups to design and carry out reward and recognition related activities. The report highlights important points to consider before taking the decision to set up such schemes, providing evidence and conclusions which can be used by local authorities and community groups interested in running such schemes to benefit from the learning gained. For the pilots, the fund has enabled to test ideas; put the infrastructure in place which otherwise may not have been possible; and form partnerships with waste management or other private businesses.
1. To embed evaluation into the successful reward and recognition schemes and draw out learning for the programme as a whole;
2. To offer tailored support to the successful schemes allowing them to improve the delivery and the impact of their interventions; and
3. To add value by distilling instances of best practice and key lessons learned.
Project Documents
• TRP - Technical Report : RRF Final Report   (8008k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2015

Cost: £181,255
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Brook Lyndhurst Ltd
Behaviour change              
Grant Scheme              
Social Research              
Fields of Study
Waste Management