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Community-led regeneration: learning loops or reinvented wheels?

Mike Rowe and Marilyn Taylor

in The politics of evaluation

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346063
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303954 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346063.003.0014
Community-led regeneration: learning loops or reinvented wheels?

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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

Chapter.  7701 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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