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We provide free support to central government and arms-length bodies.

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We help to make local growth policy more cost-effective, through better use of evidence and evaluation.

To achieve this, we support central policy makers and analysts working on local growth to use evidence effectively and deliver high-quality evaluation.

Our offer includes bespoke evaluation support and evidence briefings, training and roundtables, and a library of evidence summaries and evaluation materials. All our support is free.

Support for national evaluations

We provide responsive support for officials working on impact evaluations of local growth policy. This is delivered through our in-house researchers or our expert Evaluation Panel. For example, we provided technical advice on the Towns Fund evaluation to officials at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Bespoke evidence briefings 

Our evidence briefings pull together reliable evidence on a limited timescale, in response to specific queries from officials. They are designed to inform current policy development, and answer pressing policy questions, using data, economic evidence and theory, and impact evaluations findings. Select the ‘Evidence briefing’ filter in our resource library to access our evidence briefings.

Training and roundtables

As well as our regular courses, we deliver tailored training on impact evaluation and use of evidence. We also host informal roundtables in which officials can talk to us in detail about evaluation or evidence issues. For example, we hosted a roundtable on spatial data and spatial inequalities for a team working on the Levelling Up White Paper.

Online resources

Our online library contains a wide range of evidence summaries and evaluation materials designed to support local growth policy makers and analysts.


All the evidence on one topic pulled together on a single page. Topics include business support, estate renewal and transport.

Evidence topics

Evidence-based resources on specific policy challenges, including levelling up, Brexit, and economic recovery from Covid-19.

Policy challenges

All our published resources in a searchable library, including systematic evidence reviews, policy-focused evidence briefings, practical guides, and evaluation case studies.

All resources