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Further Evaluation of Partnership Funding - FD2702

The “Partnership Funding” approach for funding capital projects to reduce flood and coastal erosion risks in England was introduced by Defra in May 2011. The overall objectives of the new funding arrangements were to better protect more communities and deliver more benefits by:

- encouraging total investment to increase beyond levels affordable to central government alone;
- enabling more local choice, and encouraging innovative, cost-effective options to come forward in which civil society may play a greater role;
- increasing levels of certainty and transparency over the national funding for individual projects, whilst prioritising action for those most at risk and least able to protect or insure themselves.
An evaluation of PF was carried out in Spring 2014, at an early stage of implementation, found that on the whole the Partnership Funding approach was progressing well in meeting policy objectives (see FD2663). As the evaluation took place shortly after implementation of the policy, a follow-up evaluation will now be conducted.

The overall objective of the project is:
• To conduct further evaluation of Partnership Funding (PF) to provide the evidence base to confirm or refine funding policy for the post-2021 period.

The project is primarily concerned with assembling quantitative data on FCERM programme performance under PF, though there is also a more qualitative element. The general research question is:

• To what extent has the PF policy met its objectives in terms of increasing total worthwhile FCERM investment beyond Exchequer sums, enabling local choice and engagement, promoting cost-effective solutions, and directing government funding to high risk and other target groups?
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Evaluation Report for publication   (2365k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2017

To: 2018

Cost: £71,179
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Risk & Policy Analysts Ltd (RPA)
Flood Management              
Fields of Study
Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management