Collaborative Communities programme – final evaluation

CM International evaluates Collaborative Communities project – strengthening support for social enterprise

CMI evaluated the Collaborative Communities project. Led by Carmarthenshire County Council on behalf of a partnership of four Local Authorities in West Wales (Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot) and the corresponding CVCs, this ERDF project combined business advice with a business development grant to strengthen social enterprise in South West Wales. The overall aim of the project was to stimulate and strengthen a social enterprise role specifically in the delivery of public services.
The evaluation combined a strategic review of the partnership and the position of the project activities in relation to partners’ wider objectives and activities with an assessment of the project’s effectiveness and a good practice review (e.g. Cyfenter and Rhyl City Strategy).
An understanding of the role of social enterprise in community regeneration was at the heart of this piece of work considering how its role in stimulating community pride, improving the provision of services and nurturing the economic fabric of places can best be supported. A beneficiary survey, stakeholder interviews and several workshops with the Steering Group and delivery team provided rich results on the experiences of social enterprises. The good practice research was used to stimulate thinking about how to develop follow-on activities for the eight organisations involved and helped identify generic choices for future social enterprise support projects.
Client: Carmarthenshire County Council