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The politics of evaluationParticipation and policy implementation$
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David Taylor and Susan Balloch

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346063

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346063.001.0001

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Community-led regeneration: learning loops or reinvented wheels?

Community-led regeneration: learning loops or reinvented wheels?

(p.205) Thirteen Community-led regeneration: learning loops or reinvented wheels?
The politics of evaluation

Mike Rowe

Marilyn Taylor

Policy Press

This chapter examines the evidence-based policy discourse for assuming that there can be clear and uncontested outcomes from interventions, which can then be fed back into policy implementation. It explores the extent to which this rational process was achieved in two local regeneration initiatives established as part of the URBAN programme in Brighton and Nottingham. It concludes that the learning from the evaluation was limited to those directly involved and registers the disappointment felt by participants that the learning from URBAN was not taken on board by the New Deal for Communities (NDC). This is attributed to the determination of the NDC to start afresh without concern that they might be reinventing wheels and this failure to learn from past experiences as seen as a characteristic of the last thirty years of regeneration programmes in the UK.

Keywords:   policy discourse, policy implementation, URBAN programme, Brighton, Nottingham, New Deal for Communities, local regeneration

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