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Evaluation of the 25 Year Environmental Plan ‘Pioneers’ - BE0144

Description
This project aims to evaluate the ‘Pioneers’ established by the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan (25YEP). It will capture the previous and ongoing work of the Pioneers, and learn transferable lessons from their experiences to inform the wider roll-out of the 25YEP and the on-going work of the Pioneers. It is hoped that this project will help to inform new ways of working which contribute to the overall goal of the 25YEP of improving the state of the natural environment over a generation.

Objective
The aim of the project is to conduct a ‘light touch’ evaluation of the 25YEP Pioneers to capture previous and ongoing work and learn transferrable lessons from their experiences to inform the wider roll-out of the 25YEP. An evaluation at this stage in the lifespan of the Pioneers will help identify early lessons for policy, and also has the advantage of supporting the learning of the Pioneers and informing their on-going work. The evaluation will compare and contrast the experiences of the Pioneers and draw conclusions on these. It is hoped that this will help to inform new ways of working which contribute to the target of improving the state of the natural environment over a generation.

The objectives of the study are:
• Establishing the Pioneers: To document the state of play within the Pioneers and provide a record of their developing priorities and activities.
• Learning: To improve understanding of what has worked more or less well in each Pioneer, and why. The evaluation will identify which factors have facilitated progress and which have acted as barriers in the different Pioneers, reflecting on how facilitating factors might be developed and how barriers might be overcome. This will also support the development of the pioneers themselves, allowing them to learn lessons from each other. Identifying and explaining variation between the Pioneers will also be helpful for wider lesson-learning and the rolling-out of the 25YEP.
• Support and resources: To assess the support (human and financial) that is available to the Pioneers and outline where they might need support in the future.
• Scaling up: To capture the strategic added value of the Pioneers in developing, testing and sharing approaches to the implementation of the 25YEP. The evaluation should consider the potential to ‘scale up’ the Pioneers’ work and assess the implications of their experiences for the wider roll-out of the 25YEP.
• Future evaluation: To make recommendations for future evaluation of the Pioneers.

In evaluating the Pioneers, it is important to recognise the short time of their duration and the limited amount of resources they have received for this specific initiative, with most efforts being based on already existing activities and partnerships. In view of these considerations, the principal aim of the evaluation should be to learn transferrable lessons from the Pioneers’ early work to inform future policy – and in doing so also supporting the ongoing work of the Pioneers – rather than assess outcomes for the environment.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : BE0144 FinalReport   (4114k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2018

To: 2018

Cost: £59,025
Contractor / Funded Organisations
ICF Consulting Services
Keywords
Biodiversity