Research into the impact of the Big Local programme
150 communities around England are part of the Big Local programme. Some of these have been delivering activities for up to four years now, so Local Trust (the organisation running Big Local) wanted to find out what difference Big Local is beginning to have. As part of our research framework with Local Trust, we spent several months talking to local residents, volunteers and support organisations, finding out about the emerging impacts and achievements in 20 Big Local areas. At the same time, we also looked at what the Big Local areas are doing to try to measure impact, so that the learning from this can help other Big Local areas.
We found that lots of things are beginning to change in Big Local areas, even when the Big Local partnerships hadn’t necessarily recognised this themselves. For individuals, the most frequently reported types of impact were: new skills and learning new things; developing confidence; getting more involved in the community; employment and enterprise; and personal social benefits. At a community level, the most frequently reported impacts were: new services and facilities available and being used; benefits for local organisations; improved community spirit; the area becoming nicer and improved perceptions about the area; local people having a voice.
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