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Project evaluation

brap were commissioned to undertake an evaluation of Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (NRF) education-related projects in Birmingham. This was a complex undertaking since NRF projects were working alongside mainstream providers and other area-based projects all aiming to make an impact on educational achievement. As a result, the city council recognised that it would be difficult to identify and understand the impact of specific NRF activity. To address this, brap’s evaluation focused on three key areas:

  • identifying the key mechanisms that contribute to success, and the key mechanisms that limit it
  • identifying key areas for intervention and further investigation to increase chances of success in closing the equality gap (some of which related to educational provision, some of which related to other issues such as deprivation)
  • providing local ‘case study examples’ which could be used by the NRF’s commissioning panel and the local authority to understand and explain the impact of initiatives to close the equality gap