Policy transfer between local regeneration partnerships

Harold Wolman and Edward C Page

Various government, non-profit and private sector organisations have sought to encourage the flow of ideas and experiences between regeneration initiatives across the country.

What use do policy-makers make of this information? This study is based on a questionnaire sent out to regeneration partnerships, as well as on follow-up interviews with those who send and receive information about the experiences of regeneration partnerships in different parts of the country. It looks at how much use officials make of the information already provided, which particular sources they use most and find most valuable, and what sorts of information they would like more of.

The authors go on to explore the implications for those seeking to spread the lessons of experience. Above all, they point to the importance of developing networks of officials who can share regeneration experiences and of providing systematic evaluations of regeneration initiatives so that those in different localities can more readily draw lessons from them.