Active Neighbourhoods Project Evaluation

Client: Plymouth City Council / Natural Infrastructure

Date: 2018

Synopsis: Run by Plymouth City Council and Devon Wildlife Trust, Active Neighbourhoods was a three-year project helping people in five areas of Plymouth to improve their local green spaces both for wildlife and people. As the project wrapped up, we were asked to produce a combined evaluation package, consisting of a written report, short film and a portrait commission focused on the project volunteers.

Brief: To conduct a qualitative evaluation of the volunteer experience of the Active Neighbourhoods project. The written report highlighted the health and wellbeing benefits for volunteers and the wider value of the project.

Our Approach: The research approach was qualitative using focus groups and one-to-one interviews to assess the impact of the Active Neighbourhoods project on the volunteers. The short film focuses on interviews with participants and also highlights the research findings.

Impact: The evaluation work culminated in an exhibition that celebrated the volunteer’s work and gave them a chance to socialise with other volunteers from across the city. The film and report have been used multiple times to advocate for the Active Neighbourhoods work, notably to Plymouth City Council’s cabinet.

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