Evaluating community projects: A practical guide

Marilyn Taylor, Derrick Purdue, Mandy Wilson and Pete Wilde

A guide to evaluating community projects, based on work with 20 groups and projects across England and Wales.

In January 2003, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation launched its Neighbourhood Programme. A new departure for the Foundation, this sought to support community empowerment not through a major funding programme but through ‘light touch’ support and networking.

The Programme – which works with 20 groups and projects at neighbourhood level and covers England, Scotland and Wales – will continue until June 2006. Initially developed as part of the Programme to help the organisations evaluate their work, the guide provides step-by-step advice on how to evaluate a community project which will be of interest to a much wider audience of residents, neighbourhood practitioners and policy makers at local, regional and national levels.

A related summary, Lending a hand: The value of 'light touch' support in empowering communities is also available. It is an interim summary of the Programme so far.