Our resources, training and advice are designed to help places to decide whether impact evaluation is right for their project and to design and implement a good quality impact evaluation.
Different types of evaluations answer different questions. At What Works Growth, we focus mainly on impact evaluations. Impact evaluations assess whether an intervention – such as a business support scheme – has made a difference to an outcome – such as business survival.
Currently, the impact evaluation evidence on most local economic growth policies is limited, which impedes policymakers’ ability to make evidence-based decisions. Addressing this will require more local economic growth policies to be evaluated.
Impact evaluation isn’t always possible, or appropriate for all projects. In these cases, many of our resources can still be useful in developing plans for monitoring and evaluation.
How to evaluate
We offer a helping hand for places wanting to design and commission robust impact evaluations.