Evaluation of the COASTAL project

In January 2015, the final report for an evaluation of the COASTAL project completed a five-year evaluation that had been ongoing since 2009. COASTAL was a ~£40million project, part funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) via the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), which supported over 9,000 participants in the six local authority areas of Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion, implemented over a six-year period between January 2009 and December 2014. Its purpose was the promotion of vocational guidance, employment, skills training and lifelong learning opportunities for individuals who are currently economically inactive or unemployed as a re

Evaluation of Axes 3 & 4 of the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013

Wavehill, working in association with CLES and the Rural Development Company, were commissioned by the Welsh Government to undertake the evaluation of Axes 3 and 4 of the Rural Development Programme in Wales 2007-2013. The study provides an assessment of new jobs created, existing jobs saved and economic growth as a result of funded activities. You can find a copy of the final report here. The key recommendations of the evaluation were: Clarity of Purpose: Greater clarity about the purpose of the programme is needed and the programme should then be designed around achieving these specific obje​ctives. A more streamlined performance framework should be introduced to focus on monitoring the re


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