Communities and Nature (CAN) was a £14.5 million project part funded by the European Union’s Convergence Programme.
The underlying ambition of CAN was to generate increased economic growth and sustainable jobs by capitalising on Wales’ environmental qualities, particularly its landscape and wildlife. Wavehill’s evaluation was undertaken over a three-year period alongside the delivery of the project and the initiatives it funded. The focus was on measuring the socio-economic impact of CAN interventions on volunteers, participants, delivery agents and the communities who ‘host’ initiatives funded by the project. Our work also included working with the then Countryside Council for Wales (now part of Natural Resources Wales) to develop indicators that could be used to demonstrate the broader socio-economic outcomes of the initiatives funded.