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Evaluation of the Rural Voices Action Research Competition

DescriptionAn Independent Research Evaluation of the Scottish Executive Pilot Community Capacity Building Programme.
ISBN978 07559 6479
Official Print Publication DateJuly 2007
Website Publication DateJuly 18, 2007

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The Rural Development Company
Scottish Participatory Initiatives

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CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

LIST OF TABLES AND FIGURES

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION
BACKGROUND
STUDY AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
STRUCTURE OF THE REPORT

CHAPTER 2 THE RURAL VOICES INITIATIVE
ORIGINS AND CONTEXT
THE FUNDING LANDSCAPE
FOCUS AND OBJECTIVES
PROGRAMME SET UP
PROGRAMME CHARACTERISTICS
CHANGES DURING IMPLEMENTATION

CHAPTER 3 STUDY METHOD
THE EVALUATION APPROACH
THE DESK-BASED RESEARCH
THE FIELDWORK

CHAPTER 4 MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS
THE SCOTTISH NATIONAL RURAL PARTNERSHIP
THE ADVISORY GROUP
THE PROGRAMME SECRETARIAT

CHAPTER 5 THE FUNDING COMPETITION
PROMOTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
APPLICATIONS TO THE FUNDING COMPETITION
PROJECT APPRAISAL AND SELECTION PROCESSES
THE FUNDING DECISIONS
THE UNSUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS
THE ASSISTED PROJECTS

CHAPTER 6 RESEARCH TRAINING AND SUPPORT
ARRANGEMENTS FOR RESEARCH TRAINING, SUPPORT AND GRANT ADMINISTRATION
RESEARCH TRAINING
RESEARCH PLANNING
RESEARCH MENTORING AND SUPPORT
RESEARCH NETWORKING
RESEARCH CONTRACT MANAGEMENT AND PAYMENT
RESEARCH PROJECT MONITORING
RESEARCH DISSEMINATION
RESEARCH AFTERCARE

CHAPTER 7 PROJECT ACTIVITY
PROJECT ORIGINS AND OBJECTIVES
LOCATION AND EXPERIENCE OF PARTICIPATING GROUPS
ASSISTED PROJECT ACTIVITY
SCOPE OF INVOLVEMENT IN RESEARCH/CONSULTATION ACTIVITY
CONDUCTING COMMUNITY RESEARCH AND CONSULTATION ACTIVITY
IMPLEMENTING AND COMPLETING AGREED ACTIVITIES
EXPENDITURE ON APPROVED PROJECT ACTIVITIES
REPORTING AND SHARING RESEARCH FINDINGS

CHAPTER 8 OUTCOMES, ADDITIONALITY AND COMPLEMENTARITY
THE OUTCOMES FROM THE RURAL VOICES PROJECTS
PROJECT-LEVEL ADDITIONALITY
INTENDED AND ACTUAL COMPLEMENTARITY

CHAPTER 9 OVERALL PROGRAMME PERFORMANCE
COST OF THE RURAL VOICES INITIATIVE
VALUE FOR MONEY ISSUES AND CONSIDERATIONS
PERSPECTIVES ON PERFORMANCE AGAINST OBJECTIVES

CHAPTER 10 CONCLUSIONS
EVALUATION OF PROGRAMME PERFORMANCE
EVALUATION OF PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT AND DELIVERY
EVALUATION OF THE FUTURE/FORM OF THE PROGRAMME

REFERENCES

ANNEX 1: LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS

ANNEX 2: RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS

ANNEX 3: COMPARATIVE APPROACHES
DRAWING ON EXPERIENCE FROM ACROSS THE UK
THE SUSTAINABLE HEALTH ACTION RESEARCH FUND ( SHARP)
THE CARNEGIE RURAL ACTION RESEARCH PROGRAMME ( RARP)
THE SCOTTISH COMMUNITY ACTION RESEARCH FUND ( SCARF)*
THE DEFRA ENTERPRISE FOR INCLUSION PROGRAMME (E4I)
KEY ISSUES AND LESSONS EMERGING FROM EXPERIENCE ELSEWHERE

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

This report is available on the Scottish Executive Social Research website only
www.scotland.gov.uk/socialresearch.