Structural funds and the evaluation of community economic development initiatives in the UK: a critical perspective

ARMSTRONG, H. W. and WELLS, P. (2006). Structural funds and the evaluation of community economic development initiatives in the UK: a critical perspective. Regional studies, 40 (2), 259-272.

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Abstract

Since their inception within UK Structural Funds programmes in the 1990s, community economic development (CED) initiatives have experienced a rapid expansion. Evaluation methods have struggled to adapt to what was a radically new type of policy. This paper charts the rise of CED in the UK’s Objective 1 and 2 programmes, and it examines the main problems posed by CED for Structural Funds monitoring and evaluation. Whilst progress in adapting the monitoring and evaluation methods to CED has been good, a number of key challenges remain to be faced by the eventual ex-post evaluations of the 2000–06 programmes and for the 2007–13 programming period. The key challenges are identified and possible ways forward are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: community economic development, evaluation, structural funds, UK programmes
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Identification Number: 10.1080/00343400600600645
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 19 May 2009
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2009 18:23
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/822

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