Empowering Places – Interim Evaluation Report

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Empowering Places aims to build more resilient communities by catalysing and nurturing community businesses to provide benefits and opportunities for local people.

The programme funds locally rooted ‘catalyst’ organisations in six places to help empower communities to develop community businesses.

The evaluation looks at success under three key markers:

  • ‘Better community business’: there are more, stronger, and more successful community businesses in these places thanks to the support provided through the programme.
  • ‘Stronger communities’: communities become more resilient, enterprising and able to drive positive change thanks to the opportunities provided through the programme.
  • ‘Better places’: communities become better places to live thanks to the positive effects of activities delivered through the programme.

The programme is developing and many of the community businesses are in their early stages. This report looks at what has been learnt so far.