Ritically assess the different approaches to evaluating urban regeneration partnerships

Issues to cover

A)  General context material on Partnerships: (2 or 3 paragraphs)

” Defining partnerships (keep brief)
” Key features of Public Sector Partnerships (what s different about them)
” Partnerships under New Labour (more of them  why?)
” Partnership proliferation  give examples of regeneration partnerships or partnerships involved in making a contribution to regeneration and renewal (if possible include North-East examples)

B) Why Evaluate Partnerships: (2 or 3 paragraphs)
(see or to say which one is most appropriate for what kind of use and why.

1. Neighbourhood Renewal Unit Performance Management Framework for Local Strategic Partnerships (particularly Section 2  Reviewing Partnership Working) aio/69719

3. SMARTER Partnerships  Making the Most of Partnership Working (Employers Organisation for Local Government). Available on /uk/downloaddoc.asp?id410

D) Using Case study material to illustrate approaches

” Select one case study example (health, employment, education  whatever) and show how the different approaches tell us different things
” Use different examples to illustrate the strengths and weaknesses of the different frameworks
” Illustrate that approaches can be best used for different aspects or stages of partnership working.

The key issue to cover is that there may not be one  right approach! Approaches vary in terms of their emphasis:

Do they cover  process or  impact (or both)
Are they an  interim or final evaluation
Are they formative or summative (internal benchmarking)
Are they  External or  Internal
Are they  Top-down or  Bottom-up
Do they focus on VfM
Do they apply to a particular type of partnership or sector

Useful sources for reference material.

Urban Policy Evaluation

D Taylor and S Ballock eds (2005)  The Politics of Evaluation, esp chapters 2,6,12.
J Rhodes et al (2005)  Assessing the impacts of ABI s  the SRB national evaluation in Urban Studies Vol 42 No 11
H Davies et al  What works : evidence based policy Making (2000) esp ch by T.Harrison
P Roberts and H Sykes eds  OPCIT ch 10
I Sanderson   Evaluation, Policy Learning, and Evidence based policy making in Public Administration, (2002) Vol 80 No 1
B Townley & S Wilks-Heeg   Democratic Evaluation in Local Economy May 1999

Partnership Working

J Diamond and J Liddle (2005)  Managing Regeneration  chapter on partnerships
D Taylor and S Ballock eds (2005)  The Politics of Evaluation, chapter on partnerships
L Hemphill et al (2006)   Leadership, power and urban regeneration partnerships  in Urban Studies, Vol 43 No 1.
Balloch,S. & Taylor, M. (eds) (2001) Partnership Working: Policy and Practice, The Policy Press.
Carley, M et al, (2000) Urban Regeneration through Partnership. Bristol. Policy Press
Audit Commission  Governing Partnerships
Harvard system, containing a full bibliography