One North East Evaluation Summary Sheet Title of Evaluation Tyne & Wear Small Business Start up Support Report (Small Business Grant) Evaluation Author name and contact Ark 19 details 10 Thornhill Crescent, Sunderland, SR2 7AD. Tel: 0191 5141835 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web link to Evaluation Report Evaluation Scope and Purpose The aims of the evaluation were to: undertake an evaluation of the impact of the current Scheme; evaluate current delivery arrangements and review overall project performance; undertake a review of the current policy framework relating to the Tyne & Wear Small Business Grant Project, in order to explore the strategic fit for the initiative; prepare a detailed report on the outcomes of the research. Project Title and Tyne & Wear Business Start Up Support (Small Contact Details Business Grant) TyneWear Partnership and Tyne and Wear Small Business Service Geographical Durham Northumberlan Tyne & Tees Other Coverage of d Wear Valley Project (tick all that apply) Specify “Other” Area Outcomes and Benefits Gross outputs: Recorded by the 117 core business start ups Evaluation 498 jobs created/safeguarded 142 additional business assists Summary of Evaluation The Project appears to be lacking in strategic and Findings management direction and it has also suffered from a number of setbacks during its lifetime. Low output achievement against set targets, insufficient project monitoring and little follow-up of potential impacts has occurred as a consequence. The nature of the Project’s outputs should be far more widely explored in the future. Assistance needs to be targeted towards those who require it most. It is recommended that the Project be managed and co-ordinated more closely and strategically. Project performance, activity and impact should be more thoroughly monitored, analysed and disseminated. It is recommended that the Project be managed and co-ordinated more strategically and Project performance, activity and impact should be more thoroughly monitored, analysed and disseminated. The current aims, objectives and delivery model of the Project should be reviewed and a clear focus developed on new target beneficiaries. These changes should occur in consultation with all stakeholders and be transparent to them The existing expertise and knowledge of all those involved in the provision of business support [across all agencies and sectors] in Tyne & Wear, should be drawn upon. It is recommended that roles and responsibilities of all partners relating to strategic management, project management, project delivery and monitoring for any future initiative must be identified, designated and agreed. All roles and responsibilities should be defined and made explicit to all management and delivery stakeholders. A mapping exercise of business and enterprise support agencies in Tyne & Wear should formally take place in order to identify the widest range of potential partners for the Project. Periodic Single Programme training for Co- ordinating and Delivery Agents of the Project should be made mandatory. This could be introduced by the TyneWear Partnership as a prerequisite of funding, as a matter of good practice. Transferable Learning It is recommended that where a new scheme targets specific groups (i.e. the unemployed, women etc), appropriate existing and new partners must be identified i.e. those who have a track record of successfully engaging such groups.