PROGRESS SINCE LAST UPDATE
The panel has now completed the National Framework and is in the final stages of completing the Locality Framework for Greater Cambridge. GCP officers have worked very closely with SQW and Government to develop our Locality Framework, to ensure it has developed in a way that suits the needs and details of the GCP’s City Deal.
The panel’s work is being broken down into three phases:
1. DESIGN – broken down into three further stages:
- Development of the National Evaluation Framework
- Co-production of Locality Evaluation Frameworks
- Development of Outline Evaluation Plans for each Locality Framework
The Board delegated authority for phase 1 sign off to the Chef Executive in July 2017. Phase 1a of the work is now completed and was signed off by the Chief Executive in October 2017. The cost of this work was £30,500.
Since the last update in July 2017 officers have been working with SQW to refine phase 1b and 1c. Following an intensive period of work officers and SQW have agreed a draft version of both the Locality Evaluation Framework and the Outline Evaluation Plan. In July 2017 phases 1b and 1c were not sufficiently progressed to be able to accurately estimate their cost but estimated costs can now also be confirmed at c£300,000.
During this process officers have also worked with other UK Cities in receipt of City Deal Gainshare funds to collaborate on the thinking behind and progression of this phase of work.
As reported above, the previously agreed budget for this work is £70k (a guesstimate made in advance of working with SQW to refine the work). As such, the budget will need to be increased by £230,000 for this specific aspect of impact evaluation. Officers propose to split this across 2018/2019 and 2019/2020. Although the Chief Executive has delegated authority to sign this work off officers are keen to keep the Joint Assembly and Executive Board up to date with progress being made.
As above, officers have gone through an intensive period of work to refine phase 1b and 1c of this work which, is in its final stage of development. As a result, the Chief Executive expects to be able to sign off both the Locality Evaluation Framework and the Outline Evaluation Plan by the end of February 2018. Over the next 22 months, officers will continue to work with SQW and with Government to ensure the evaluation process continues to progress to time and to budget.