Evaluation of four Ageing Better in Birmingham projects within the Tyburn Local Action Plan


Background

M·E·L Research is part-way through an evaluation of four National Lottery Community Fund projects tacking loneliness and social isolation amongst residents in Castle Vale, Pype Hayes, Birches Green and Bromford. The four projects are part of the Ageing Better in Birmingham Tyburn Local Action Plan. Ageing Better in Birmingham aims to reduce isolation in later life and facilitate change in the way older people are considered by and within communities, in order to empower citizens to take part in and influence activities.

About the projects being evaluated

The evaluation is exploring the effectiveness of project delivery, assessing project progress against key outcomes, and identifying lessons learned. The four projects are:

  1. Community Organisers Scheme: delivered by Compass Support. The recruitment of a team of active Volunteer Community Organisers to work in local communities to promote neighbourliness and encouraging active citizenship.
  2. Happy Streets Campaign: delivered by Compass Support. A range of campaigns and community activities to strengthen a sense of community and tackle isolation.
  3. Walking Maps: delivered by Sustrans. Working with communities to co-produce easy and safe routes to facilitate walking, lead to healthier lifestyles and overcome isolation.
  4. Happy Streets Environmental: delivered by Compass Support. Encouraging residents to report local issues that affect the physical environment of highways and rights of way, to help develop age-friendly neighbourhoods.

Methodology

Our first report was finalised in Autumn 2018, a second interim report will be delivered early in 2020, and the final evaluation report will be completed in May 2020. Our evaluation methodology includes the review and analysis of existing project data, consulting stakeholders and beneficiaries, and carryout out a pre and post-survey of resident perceptions.

Outcomes

Evaluation findings will contribute to the ‘test and learn’ approach embraced by the Ageing Better in Birmingham Programme and will assess the impact and effectiveness of the four projects, as well as exploring learning from synergy between the projects.