Local Economic Growth What Works Centre

Lead Research Organisation: London School of Economics & Pol Sci
Department Name: Geography and Environment

Abstract

The What Works Centre aims to significantly improve the use of evidence in the design and delivery of policies for local economic growth and employment leading to more effective policies and policymaking in these areas.

To achieve this aim the Centre will bring together leading experts from three different institutions: the London School of Economics, Centre for Cities and Arup. LSE would lead the Centre, coordinating the work of all three partners. It would ensure the Centre's independence and oversee the work of an academic panel providing world-class expertise to ensure the Centre's work is robust and rigorous, and viewed as such by users. CfC would lead on engagement, drawing on many years' experience working with local actors, plus extensive networks and contacts, to ensure that users are able to access and use the work of the Centre. Arup would lead on evidence-gathering and synthesis, drawing on expertise in evaluation, best practice review, developing best practice guidance, and project management. They would work with the academic panel to ensure timely delivery of robust evidence reviews that will constitute the Centre's core written outputs.

We believe that the immediate, year one, priorities of the Centre should be to i) identify key policy interventions where there is sufficient evidence to properly assess effectiveness; ii) undertake systematic reviews to rank these interventions; iii) ensure that the findings are accessible to policy makers. To deliver these immediate priorities we will develop a transparent methodology to rank interventions relevant to local economic growth; conduct a systematic assessment of the existing evidence base, and develop an online toolkit allowing users to compare interventions ranked using a common currency.

In the medium term (years two to three), the Centre will focus on developing effective knowledge exchange and capacity-building, using our evidence base and engagement tools. We will aim to i) ensure that the evidence base is used to improve policy making; ii) further enhance the policy areas covered by of the evidence base (responding to user feedback and emerging needs). We will do this through promoting the benefits of good monitoring and evaluation; developing guidance for public sector policymakers; and working with a small number of leading local actors to develop best practice and guidance for others.

The longer term aims of the Centre are to ensure that evidence is widely used in the development of policy, to ensure that new policies are effectively evaluated and that individuals and organisations have the capacity to feed the findings back into future policy development. Realistically, these long term aims can be partially but not fully achieved within the initial three years of funding. To help secure these longer-term goals, we will work with local and central government to improve data management; partner with selected local actors to develop demonstration projects; and identify outstanding research gaps and funding opportunities to fill these.

To ensure that the work of the Centre is useful to, and thus used by, policy makers the Centre will operate as an open, flexible, learning organisation. We will develop mechanisms to allow users to help shape the Centre's priorities and development; and expand and update our evidence base to reflect changing needs and new evidence that emerges.

We will also actively participate in the What Works network, working with the National Advisor to develop the network and common standards, working to achieve accreditation and participating in the evaluation of the effectiveness of the What Works network.

Planned Impact

In addition to the funders, a wide range of stakeholders, particularly in local and central government are expected to benefit from the Centre's work.

The main users of the Centre's work will be Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and Local Authorities (LAs) in England, with LAs the main users in the rest of the UK. Within LEPs, the main individual users will be LEP Boards and Chairs, plus supporting officials. Inside LAs, the main users will be officers working on economic development, plus senior officials and Councillors with relevant portfolios.

The Centre will also need to work with regional bodies, such as the South West Regional Observatory and the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Economic Intelligence Unit; with housing providers, especially larger social landlords; and with central government, such as DCLG, BIS, HM Treasury, Cabinet Office, DfT and DWP in England; the Northern Ireland Assembly, Scottish Executive, and the Welsh Assembly Government.

The Centre's main users face a number of challenges in the coming years. Under localism, LA, LEPs and other local actors will 1) receive greater policy and financial powers. But they will also 2) be expected develop new partnerships with each other and with the private sector; and they will 3) face substantial resource constraints. Further, users' capacity and experience to 4) effectively design and deliver economic growth policies, and to 5) work across organisational / spatial boundaries varies hugely across the country.

For all these reasons, the What Works Centre is needed to systematically evaluate evidence; effectively communicate this to users; engage users and build their capacity; lay the foundations for more effective future policy-making and evaluation; and operate in an open and flexible fashion, responding to user feedback and adjusting to meet new needs.

Users will benefit from the Centre via:

- Better, richer information on 'what works'. We will develop a comprehensive evidence base, structured around systematic evidence reviews that use a common currency to rank interventions . Users will have access to an online, interactive database, and research findings packaged in easy-to-use formats (briefings, detailed impact reviews, blog posts and email summaries) which are tailored to different user groups.
- Easier access to information. We will develop a high-quality user engagement programme, including rich web content; email lists; social media tools (blogs, twitter, LinkedIn groups); news media activity; an annual, national events programme; placements and secondments; and ad-hoc direct engagement.

- Greater capacity to design, deliver and evaluate policy. The outreach programme will help develop user communities of interest, around the User Panel, local events and online discussion. We will also run peer-to-peer training, develop a LEP Action Learning Set, work with selected LAs/LEPs on demonstration projects, and explore staff placements / secondments / exchanges.
- Stronger long-term foundations for policymaking. We will take actions to grow users' future evidence base, via demonstration projects and by working with central/local users on improving data collection. We will also actively identify research gaps, and look for funding opportunities to fill these.
- The Centre's flexibility and openness. Users will be able to influence the Centre's shape and processes from start-up onwards, via formal platforms and informally. In turn, this will help the Centre be flexible to changing user needs.

These user impacts should result in positive longer term outcomes: robust evidence will be better embedded in the development of policy, new policies will be more effectively evaluated, and findings will be fed back into future policy development. Ultimately, local economic growth policies and policymaking should become more effective.
 
Description Our evidence reviews and toolkits highlight a huge range of key findings summarised in a way that is useful for decision makers. Here are some examples from the last two years' work:
• Through our evaluation projects, we identified 4 recurring barriers to completing evaluations: funding problems, ethical concerns around RCTs, fear of reporting failures, and lack of sufficient scale and take-up.
• ABIs with local hiring conditions did bring jobs to targeted areas (although some of these jobs may be displaced from surrounding areas). Interestingly schemes with local hiring requirements were slightly more likely to create jobs in the ABI - about three quarters showed positive job creation compared to around a third of schemes without a requirement.
• The limited and even negative effects of devolving AGE might be the result of local authorities negotiating flexibilities on the wrong margins. This suggests that future efforts might be better targeted at other means for increasing the number of apprenticeships
• Export Credit Agencies are a fairly effective way to increase exports. A higher proportion of studies report positive effects compared to more costly Export Promotion Agency support. Furthermore, (cheaper) insurance provision may be more cost-effective than (more expensive) credit provision.
• In many cases accellerators and incubators help firms survive, but we also found some evidence that they may 'kill' more as well. This may not be a bad thing: It's plausible that this is down to programme managers helping founders identify weak ideas and kill them, allowing entrepreneurs to develop new ideas.
• In addition to funding, accelerators often provide firms with intensive mentorship, networking, and co-working space. There is limited evidence on which of these have the largest effect on firm outcomes, so providers should experiment to see what configuration of these works best for them.
• For incubators, targeting a specific sector produces better results for firm survival. On the other hand, networking events do not appear to be effective and providing training is only effective in areas with more competition. There is limited evidence here, however, so providers should experiment to see what configuration of these works best for them.
• What is the value added of accelerator vs. incubator business models? We didn't find any studies that directly compare the two approaches.
• Households in underserved areas may not use broadband even when infrastructure is provided. In this case, government may need to pursue complementary policies that make broadband more appealing if it wants to increase adoption. One study finds that complementary programmes - providing digital literacy programmes or subsidising computers - are more effective than provision programmes alone.
• Neighbourhood Saturation approaches to employment support may work best for individuals that belong to highly concentrated minority ethnic groups (and within these communities women may fare much better than men). This may reflect greater spillovers within tight-knit communities and suggests that saturation may be more effective when combined with community building measures.
Exploitation Route Ongoing work of the Centre with Central and Local Government
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Transport

URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org
 
Description In the first three years we have made excellent progress against our objectives - in particular completing 10 systematic evidence reviews covering a wide range of policy areas, sifting over 15,000 pieces of evidence to provide detailed reports, case studies and short summaries. Our newer strand of toolkit work builds on the systematic reviews by drawing on a wider literature, to identify 'what works better' in terms of programme design. We have five toolkits out, covering 16 different design issues, and have more underway. Users' response to both has been very positive. Progress on developing a community of interest in evaluation and evidence has been excellent - and better than anticipated. Audiences at our workshops and roundtables have been varied and enthusiastic with some robust and challenging discussions. Overall, there is great interest in using the findings to improve cost-effectiveness and building the evidence base through better evaluation practices. We have delivered much of our training with New Economy Manchester. The peer-to-peer approach, combined with the experience (and positive track record) of New Economy works well to encourage local policymakers to think seriously about the usefulness of good evidence. Reflecting this, the workshops we have held around the country have been very well received. Attendance is good and the group size (restricted to below 30) allows for constructive interaction. Content is tailored to each group, as areas of experience and knowledge vary greatly. We had originally planned to run two of these workshops per year; but they have been so useful for us, and popular with the audience, that we have run 12 to-date, and aim to run at least 15 by the end of Phase 1. We have also produced a range of resources to help support areas in developing and improving evaluation - including our scoring guide, a 'how to evaluate' guide and case studies of different approaches to robust evaluation covering all of the policy areas in our systematic reviews. We think that this range of accessible resources contributes greatly in a field where much guidance is overly technical. The popularity of these sections of our website suggest that these guides have an audience around the country. We have provided advice to a diverse range of organisations that have expressed interest in undertaking demonstrator projects (projects where organisations commit to implementing robust evaluation and that hold scalable lessons for others). Levels of interest are high, but progress in finalising projects has been slow - partly because of capacity and budget constraints within originating organisations. Three demonstrators are up and running (Westminster work programme leavers; mental health trailblazers and a tech-incubator trial) and we continue to have active discussions with around a dozen other potential projects. In year 4, we have further increased our impact in a range of areas Toolkits: Our toolkits offer policy design guidance drawing upon a wider range of evidence than in the original reviews (although with a continued focus on evaluation evidence). We have completed and published ten toolkits over the last year and they continue to get steady traffic on the website. We have completed and will shortly publish a briefing on Local Procurement policy - an area of current policy interest for which there is little robust evidence. We are currently scoping a further ten toolkits in relation to the Local Industrial Strategy, covering employment training and business support topics. Capacity Building: We have stepped up our workshops, and Lynne Miles from Arup is now running the programme. The new format is more easily customised to meet the need of the places and we are doing more preparatory work with the teams attending. Response to the new format has been positive. We ran 6 in the new format last year and are working with 9 further places to visit next. Demonstration projects: In line with the conditions of funding we are placing increased focus on our demonstration projects. We are currently running 5 of these projects: the Working Capital RCT with Central London Forward; a Mental Health Trailblazer RCT looking at mental health and employment training; an RCT on the effectiveness of incubators and accelerators; an RCT on Growth Vouchers; and an evaluation of the impact of Crossrail. In year 5, we have expanded our reach through further workshops, networking, and web-based resources. Our team have provided advice to over 60 organisations around the country, including 17 local authorities and 10 government departments. We have now engaged with all of the LEPs in the UK. Our workshops continue to be popular, and we have added a number of 'open access' workshops around the country, for those looking for an overview of best evaluation practice. We ran customised events for 5 places, looking in detail at a specific local project. At the end of year 5, we are starting to be able to report results from our evaluation projects (formerly referred to as 'demonstrators'). We now have six underway, working across a variety of policy areas. We are also providing evaluation advice and support to those places with Devolution Deals. We produced one toolkit, on local hiring practices as a condition under Area-Based Initiatives, and three new evaluation case studies, on Export Promotion, Job Seekers, and 'Promise' Scholarship programmes.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Transport
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Apprenticeships report meeting and the use of RCTs 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting to discuss apprenticeships review and the use of RCTs
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Briefing on findings of transport review to Lord Adonis' National Infrastructure Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Briefing on findings of transport review, use of findings in policymaking and improved evaluation of policy outcomes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Briefing on systematic review findings to Policy Professionals Network at BIS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Briefing on systematic review findings
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Briefing on the CEP report on Brexit, as it relates to cities 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Blog written by Prof Henry Overman discussing the research conducted by the CEP which looks at the difference in predicted effects across all Local Authority Areas and across Primary Urban Areas under a 'soft' and a 'hard' Brexit scenario (the former involves zero tariffs, but increased non-tariff barriers with the EU, the latter involves non-zero tariffs and even higher non-tariff barriers). It also provides some initial analysis on whether these predicted impacts are likely to exacerbate or alleviate existing disparities and looks at how the predicted economic impacts of Brexit correlate with voting patterns from the referendum.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/blog/the-local-economic-impacts-of-brexit/
 
Description Conservative Party Conference Roundtable: Local economic growth - what works? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact With the squeeze on public finances set to continue well into the next parliament, the next government will need to implement policies that are proven to deliver growth and provide value for money. This roundtable during Conservative Party Conference will ask just how much policy makers look into 'what works' when making decisions around local economic growth. How can LEPs and local business be supported through more evidence-gathering, and how can they support policy makers in ensuring outcomes from policy decisions, such as those in business support and workforce training, can be better evaluated?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/conservative-party-conference-roundtable-local-economic-growth...
 
Description DCLG/BEIS data workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To understand LEPs data needs and capacity; develop a single government / WWC / ERC / LEP Network offer. Participants found the meeting v useful, agreed to have regular updates, developed a core agreed 'offer' to LEPs (in WWC's case, re-emphasising what we already offer) .
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Discussion of adult skills with the No.10 Delivery Unit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Briefing on our findings relating to skills. Use of our findings used in government policy making.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Evaluation event for Civil Servants 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Workshop run to help economic development practitioners think about how they can evaluate the economic impacts of their local economic growth policies more effectively. The open access workshops are open to Institute of Economic Development members, and employees of Local Enterprise Partnerships, Local Authorities and Combined Authorities.These workshops are targeted at policy and programme officers, monitoring and evaluation officers, procurement officers and strategic decision makers in LEPs and Local Authorities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://whatworksgrowth.org/events/evaluation-workshop-london/
 
Description Five meetings with senior officials at BIS to discuss findings of business support and innovation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Briefings with national policymakers on the evidence with regard to business support and innovation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Growth programme board evaluation national sub-committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The group advises DCLG and other departments (mainly DWP) on monitoring and evaluation issues for ESF, ERDF and other European programmes in the 2014-2020 round. WWC has provided advice in meetings and in 1:1 follow ups (e.g. in particular, we are quoted in the EDRF evaluation framework and have provided feedback to DCLG and consultants developing the evaluation systems) .
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Implications for Growth Deals 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation to BIS outlining systematic review findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Improving access to broadbank: what does the evidence say? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Roundtable looks at the impact of programmes to improve broadband provision in an area. It examined questions like whether the government subsidising broadband in rural areas, or making internet access easier for excluded groups, leads to increased prosperity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/improving-access-to-broadband-what-does-the-evidence-say/
 
Description Improving local transport: what does the evidence say? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Roundtable looks at the impact of road and rail infrastructure investments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/improving-local-transport-what-does-the-evidence-say/
 
Description Investing in apprenticeships: what does the evidence say? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Roundtable talk about the initial findings of our review into the local economic impact of apprenticeships.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/investing-in-apprenticeships-what-does-the-evidence-say/
 
Description Keynote lecture at PBL Autumn School (based in Rotterdam) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact PBL is a Dutch What Works agency funded by the national government. The autumn school was a two-day symposium with city and national policymakers to explore what works in economic development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Keynote talk at Regional Science Association Conference - Portland - Improving the evaluation of urban and regional policy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Keynote talk to wide audience giving overview of findings and getting lots of publicity for WWC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.narsc.org/newsite/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/finalprogram41.pdf
 
Description LSE Works Event - Do we know - or care- what works - London School of Economics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A discussion on what we know about the effectiveness of different policies in driving local economic growth and asks what role, if any, this evidence plays in formulating policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.lse.ac.uk/Events/2017/01/20170118t1830vHKT/Local-Economic-Growth
 
Description Labour Party Conference Roundtable: Local economic growth - what works? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact With the squeeze on public finances set to continue well into the next parliament, the next government will need to implement policies that are proven to deliver growth and provide value for money. This roundtable during Labour Party Conference will ask just how much policy makers look into 'what works' when making decisions around local economic growth and what level of evidence is required to make these decisions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/labour-party-conference-roundtable-local-economic-growth-what-...
 
Description Local Authority teaching sessions. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact 10 workshops - 4 open access, 5 local in Cambridgeshire, Leeds, Nottingham, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, West Yorkshire, East Riding, London. Set up to teach Local Authorities how to evaluate a specific policy, or develop a more general understanding of evaluation approaches.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Local Growth - Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The event provided an opportunity to reflect on what the Centre (Local Enterprise Partnership) has learnt over the last 3 years and what's next for place to that wish to use and create more evidence for local economic policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.lepnetwork.net/event/local-growth-manchester/
 
Description Local Growth Bristol - after 3 years of analysis: what works and what's next 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The event provided an opportunity to reflect on what the Centre (Local Enterprise Partnerships) has learnt over the last 3 years and what's next for places that wish to use and create more evidence from local economic policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.lepnetwork.net/event/local-growth-bristol/
 
Description Local Industrial Strategy events 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Five individual events held in: London (launch), Bristol, Leeds and Newcastle. Worked through 10 Principles document in collaboration with Cities Team which is in charge of helping local places develop their Local Industrial Strategy. Attended by people working for local authority, central government and private sector
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with DWP and DCLG about cost benefit analysis 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This was a briefing on use of CBA to better analyse policy choices
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Meeting with Federation of Small Businesses 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Briefing on findings related to business support and innovation. Also brought publicity to target audience regarding business support.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Meeting with HMT about devolution 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Briefing on evaluation of devolution deal outcomes and improved evaluation of devolved policy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Meeting with Work Foundation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Gave a briefing on WWC work with aim of a possible collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Meeting with senior officials at DfT to give advice on better evaluation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting to give advice on better evaluation and collaboration on more robust evaluation of transport investment decisions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Panellist at Brussels International Economic Forum - Is Europe back on a growth track with its energy union and in promoting innovation? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation on WWC findings
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.cesifo-group.de/ifoHome/events/conference-series/brief/brief-archive/brief-2015/brief-201...
 
Description Presentation to Earn or Learn Task Force 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation showing findings related to NEETs policy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentation to the World Bank Competitive Cities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact An overview of WWC findings and the need for evaluation. Also gave publicity to WWC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description SERC and What Works Seminar: Evaluating entrepreneurship training programs in the US 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Robert Fairlie, Professor and Chair of Economics at UC Santa Cruz, for an academic seminar at the LSE discusses new research on hiring patterns in startups, and the factors that explain why new firms hire their first employee. The research is based on one of the world's largest entrepreneurship randomised control trials, Project GATE.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/serc-and-what-works-seminar-evaluating-entrepreneurship-traini...
 
Description Skills Bank meeting in Sheffield 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Gave advice on evaluation of the skills bank programme to officials in Sheffield
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description The Evidence Life Cycle Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Aim of workshop is to use local policy issues to work through the evaluation process with local authority practitioners. The workshop examines how to: define the intervention; develop a logic model for the intervention; develop a Cost Benefit Analysis Model; effectively evaluate the intervention. More rigorous evaluation not only helps to improve cost-effectiveness, but is likely to play a key role in the negotiation of significant devolution deals with central government. This session will help local areas to develop their evidence and evaluation frameworks to meet both these objectives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/the-evidence-life-cycle-workshop-warwickshire-county-council/
 
Description The Future of Business Support 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In an interactive panel session between key sector contributors, we look at what business support might need to look and feel like in the future to ensure our member organisations remain sustainable and in a position to continue their social purpose.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.nationalenterprisenetwork.org/what-we-do/2016-annual-conference-nov-2016/
 
Description The local economic impacts of Enterprise Zones and Area-based Initiatives 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The open discussion ranged widely touching on questions such as "what influences firms' location decisions?", "will business rate retention make local areas more or less keen to develop enterprise zones?", and "are benefits of reduced business rates really the businesses themselves or are they likely to be capitalised into land and rental values.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/the-local-economic-impacts-of-enterprise-zones-and-area-based-...
 
Description Transforming a city through better use of evidence with Governor Martin O'Malley 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Roundtable meeting on how regional policymaking and local economic growth can be transformed through making better use of evidence. We are delighted to be joined at this meeting by Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland, who will discuss his experiences of using data to support economic growth during his time as Mayor of Baltimore.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/transforming-a-city-through-better-use-of-evidence-with-govern...
 
Description What Works Growth Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Aim of workshop is to use local policy issues to work through the evaluation process with local authority practitioners. The workshop examines how to: define the intervention; develop a logic model for the intervention; develop a Cost Benefit Analysis Model; effectively evaluate the intervention. More rigorous evaluation not only helps to improve cost-effectiveness, but is likely to play a key role in the negotiation of significant devolution deals with central government. This session will help local areas to develop their evidence and evaluation frameworks to meet both these objectives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/what-works-growth-workshop-cambridge/
 
Description What Works Growth Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The workshop, examines the opportunities and challenges faced by local authorities in using and developing evidence to inform local economic policy, and running through New Economy's Green Book-approved cost benefit analyses and how these methods can be used in other places.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/what-works-growth-workshop-taunton/
 
Description What Works Growth Workshop - Chelmsford 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Aim of workshop is to use local policy issues to work through the evaluation process with local authority practitioners. The workshop examines how to: define the intervention; develop a logic model for the intervention; develop a Cost Benefit Analysis Model; effectively evaluate the intervention. More rigorous evaluation not only helps to improve cost-effectiveness, but is likely to play a key role in the negotiation of significant devolution deals with central government. This session will help local areas to develop their evidence and evaluation frameworks to meet both these objectives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/what-works-growth-workshop-chelmsford/
 
Description What Works Growth Workshop - Greater London Authority 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Intended purpose of workshop was to build a team at a local authority who have a shared understanding of how to use evidence and can work together to implement it across departments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/what-works-growth-workshop-greater-london-authority/
 
Description What Works Growth Workshop - Nottingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Aim of workshop is to use local policy issues to work through the evaluation process with local authority practitioners. The workshop examines how to: define the intervention; develop a logic model for the intervention; develop a Cost Benefit Analysis Model; effectively evaluate the intervention. More rigorous evaluation not only helps to improve cost-effectiveness, but is likely to play a key role in the negotiation of significant devolution deals with central government. This session will help local areas to develop their evidence and evaluation frameworks to meet both these objectives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/what-works-growth-workshop-nottingham/
 
Description What Works Network Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Launch of a new report showcasing our collective findings about how and where public investment should be prioritised.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/what-works-network-event/
 
Description What Works Roundtable - the local economic impacts of innovation policy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Four things learned from the evidence review:
•Validating the previous theoretical literature, the evaluations indicate that R&D subsidies have a stronger impact on SMEs than on large firms.
•It looks like these programmes have more of an effect on employment than on productivity. This could mean that more spend goes towards hiring new employees rather than funding innovative activities.
•Surprisingly, the evidence suggests targeted programmes might not be as effective as general measures.
•Despite popular belief, public funding doesn't seem to be crowding out private investment - but the findings are still a bit mixed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/what-works-roundtable-the-local-economic-impacts-of-innovation...
 
Description What Works Roundtable: How can we improve business advice and mentoring in the UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Toundtable to discuss the emerging findings from the second evidence review being undertaken by the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, which focuses on business advice and mentoring policy in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/what-works-roundtable-how-can-we-improve-business-advice-and-m...
 
Description What Works Roundtable: How can we improve employment training in the UK? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Roundtable to discuss the emerging findings from the first evidence review being undertaken by the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, which focuses on employment training policy in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/what-works-roundtable-how-can-we-improve-employment-training-i...
 
Description What Works Roundtable: SME access to finance 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Roundtable looks at the local economic impacts of SME access to finance. We will discuss some of the key findings from the Review and the implications for local and national policy makers in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/what-works-roundtable-sme-access-to-finance/
 
Description What Works Roundtable: The local economic impact of sport and culture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Roundtable will discuss the emerging findings from our third evidence review which focuses on the local economic impacts of sports and cultural events and facilities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/what-works-roundtable-the-local-economic-impact-of-sport-and-c...
 
Description What Works Roundtable: The local economic impacts of estate renewal 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Roundtable meeting on local economic impacts of estate renewal. The related impacts upon on crime, health and wellbeing, and deprivation.
Given the level of spending in this area, very little good evidence has so far been found to evaluate these schemes. This will be an opportunity to talk about what the evidence says about estates renewal policy, but also to examine why - especially in the more prominent programmes - the evidence falls short in telling us anything useful.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/what-works-roundtable-the-local-economic-impacts-of-estate-ren...
 
Description What Works Workshop: How to use and produce evidence to inform policy? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A workshop examining the opportunities and challenges faced by areas in using and developing evidence to inform policy on local economic growth.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/what-works-workshop-how-to-use-and-produce-evidence-to-inform-...
 
Description What works for cities: will smart cities help us make better choices? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A presentation on our findings and the importance of data for evaluation. Also publicity to an international audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.ub.edu/economiaempresa/butlleti/publicacio/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Programa_14G.pdf
 
Description Workshop held at Cheshire and Warrington LEP 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Primary goal of event was to build the capacity at the local authority across project teams with regards to evaluation in general and WWCLEG
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/evaluation-workshop-cheshire-and-warrington-lep/
 
Description Workshop held at Coast to Capital LEP 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Primary goal of event was to build the capacity at the local authority across project teams with regards to evaluation in general and WWCLEG
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/evaluation-workshop-coast-to-capital-lep/
 
Description Workshop held at Humber LEP 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Primary goal of workshop was to build the capacity at local authorities across project teams with regards to evaluation in general and WWCLEG findings in particular.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/evaluation-workshop-humber-lep/
 
Description Workshop held at Leicestershire LEP 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Workshop held to increase knowledge of the evidence that exists on local economic growth and to build capacity and interest in helping to grow that evidence by piloting and testing programmes and investments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/leicestershire-lep-evaluation-workshop/
 
Description Workshop run at Sheffield LEP 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Primary goal of event was to build the capacity at the local authority across project teams with regards to evaluation in general and WWCLEG
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.whatworksgrowth.org/events/sheffield-city-region-lep-evaluation-workshop/