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Monitoring and evaluation of the Rural Growth Network (RGN) initiative - RE0250

On 29 November 2011, the Government, announced, as part of the Growth Review, a strong package of new measures aimed at stimulating sustainable economic growth in rural businesses and communities. The £15m Rural Growth Network (RGN) initiative is designed to help rural communities overcome barriers to business growth, including lack of suitable premises and poor provision of infrastructure, and hence help stimulate sustainable economic growth.

This monitoring and evaluation project will assess the growth impacts of the different measures implemented in the RGN Pilot areas, disseminating the learning across and beyond the LEP network.
There are four key objectives:
• to develop a monitoring and evaluation framework and baseline for the RGNs
• to facilitate monitoring and undertake process evaluation
• to undertake impact and economic evaluation
• to undertake knowledge transfer and dissemination activities.

All four objectives are interdependent: developing a clear, logical and robust Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and baseline will form the foundations for the subsequent monitoring, process, impact and economic evaluations; the process evaluation will provide evidence on emerging outcomes and impacts (and which mechanisms have been effective in delivering these) to inform the impact/economic evaluations; and all evidence gathered through the monitoring and evaluation processes will be used to identify lessons and good practice from which other pilots/non-pilot areas can learn.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Final Report RGN Evaluation   (4088k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2015

Cost: £457,043
Contractor / Funded Organisations
SQW Limited
Monitoring and evaluation              
Fields of Study
Rural Affairs