Energy Efficient Scotland Phase 2 pilots: final social evaluation report

Social evaluation of the Energy Efficient Scotland Phase 2 pilots, which form a part of the development of broader Energy Efficient Scotland programme.

2. Method 

The University of Edinburgh was appointed to carry out an independent evaluation of the Energy Efficient Scotland Phase 2 pilots. This builds on earlier evaluations of the Phase 1 pilots[3] and Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES)[4] pilots. The current report seeks to identify lessons from this round of 9 pilot projects to inform the future development of this programme, for Scottish Government, local authorities, and project partners. 

This evaluation focuses on the organisational and social aspects of the pilots. It primarily draws on in-depth semi-structured interviews conducted with each of the pilot teams at the beginning (June 2018) and towards the end (October 2019) of the pilot projects. These included representatives from each local authority and their project partners. 

The interviews were with between 1 and 6 people, depending on the preference of the project team and individuals who were involved in the delivery of the pilot. These interviews considered:

  • Content of the pilot 
  • Partnership working and procurement for pilot delivery
  • Skills and resources required to deliver the pilot
  • Perceptions of the Energy Efficient Scotland programme, including available funding, timeframe and scope and specification of the pilots

All of the interviews lasted between 60 and 90 minutes and they were normally conducted in the local authority’s offices or nearby. Some interviews (for example, with authorities in remote regions) were conducted via telephone or Skype due to time and resource limitations. The interviews were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. The first and second round of interviews have been analysed together for this report. Interview data has been analysed according to themes emerging, including: pilot outcomes; the delivery process; finance and funding; engagement with building occupants and owners; and lessons for future funding rounds.  

Figure 1: Map illustrating the local authorities included in the Phase 2 pilots.
A map of Scotland showing the locations of the local authorities included in the Phase 2 Energy Efficient Scotland pilots

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Phase 2
9 Local Authorities
Sept 2017 – Dec 2018



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