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Town Centre Regeneration: How Does it Work & What can be Achieved?

DescriptionThe report presents findings of research undertaken to assess the scope and nature of the outputs and longer-term outcomes that arise from town centre regeneration and to identify the relevant contextual factors, mechanisms and processes that contribute to achieving these outputs and outcomes. The report is one of four publications produced by this research.
ISBN978 1 780454030
Official Print Publication DateSeptember 2011
Website Publication DateSeptember 27, 2011

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ISBN 978 1 78045 403 0 (Web publication only)
DPPAS 12017

This Main Report is accompanied by a Research Finding, TCRF Case Studies Report and Appendices

This document is also available in pdf format (1.5MB)

Douglas Wheeler Associates Ltd
Slims Consulting
Ryden
Avril Blamey & Associates

Contents

1 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Introduction
Research Aims and Objectives
Research Methodology
Research Findings
Conclusions & Recommendations

2 INTRODUCTION
Policy Context: Government Economic Strategy and Town Centre Regeneration Fund
Town Centre and Local High Street Learning Network
Research Aims and Objectives
Four Stage Methodology
Context for the Research: Market Overview

3 WHAT IS TOWN CENTRE REGENERATION?
Introduction
Taking an Integrated & Connected Approach
Strategies for Town Centre Regeneration
Regeneration Outcomes
Regeneration Management
What Is Town Centre Regeneration?: Conclusions

4 KEY ELEMENTS NEEDED FOR SUCCESSFUL TOWN CENTRE REGENERATION
Town Centre Scale, Distinctiveness & Context
More than Physical Investment
Shared Town Centre Vision, Strategy and Action Plan
Effective & Coordinated Delivery
Importance of Small/Medium Businesses
Townscape Heritage: Integrating Community Ownership
Key Elements for Successful Town Centre Regeneration: Conclusions

5 CHALLENGES IN ASSESSING THE SUCCESS OF TCRF
Introduction
The Nature of Town Centre Regeneration Fund
Limitations in Planning and Quantifying Outcomes
Limitations in the Availability and Use of Routine Data and Town Centre Health Checks
Conclusions: Weaknesses in Evaluation Approaches

6 USING A THEORIES OF CHANGE APPROACH
Introduction
What is Theories of Change and Why Use It?
How the Draft ToC Models Help in Overcoming Project Planning Limitations
Using the Draft Theory of Change Models to Further Specify Existing TCRF Plans
How the Models Help to Explain Limitations In Monitoring and Need for Project Specific Questions and Measures
Using Theories of Change/Logic Models to Inform Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks
Examples of Issues Raised as a Result of the Critique of the Model
Conclusions: Potential of Theories of Change to Enhance Town Centre Regeneration

7 KEY FINDINGS & RECOMMENDATIONS
1) Complex Concept & Whole Town Strategies
2) Town Centre Scale, Distinctiveness & Context
3) More than Physical Investment
4) Need for a Shared Town Centre Vision, Strategy and Action Plan
5) Effective & Coordinated Delivery
6) Importance of Small/Medium Businesses & Potential of Community Ownership of Assets
7) Improving TCR Project Planning: Developing Results Chains and Applying Theories of Change
8) Improving Approaches to Town Centre Health Check Assessment & Monitoring
9) Effective Evaluation of Town Centre Regeneration: Limitations
10) Addressing These Limitations in Evaluation: Applying Theory of Change
TCRF as a Tool for Delivering Effective Town Centre Regeneration

8 REFERENCES