51. Longitudinal evaluation of high-profile public sector low carbon programme for the Greater London Authority and successful £8m bid
Central government and government agencies, the EC, international bodies,
Local authorities, combined authorities and the LGA,
Energy, low carbon, & climate change.
Funded by the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Retrofit Accelerator – Workplaces Programme (Formerly RE:FIT) aims to help London achieve its aims of becoming a zero-carbon city by 2050 by supporting public sector organisations to lower energy and carbon, with free retrofit projects. Kada was commissioned to conduct a longitudinal evaluation of the programme, consisting of four reports.
We have worked with the GLA to create a recommendations report considering credible options for the future sustainability of the programme, including opportunities in the wider non-domestic commercial retrofit sector. Kada was commissioned to help draft a bid to extend the programme, the bid (worth some £8m) was successful. An interim evaluation, based on stakeholder consultations, desk research and case studies, was completed in April 2020 and submitted to the managing authority as part of the GLA’s evaluation requirements. The assessment complements an earlier baseline report, prepared as part of the summative assessment process to ensure the right information and data was being collected in the correct format by the Retrofit Accelerator – Workplaces team. The final evaluation will report three months before the programme is due to end in September 2022.
Through competitive procurement, we selected Kada Research to support us with the evaluation of our ERDF-funded programme, the Retrofit Accelerator – Workplaces programme (also known as RE:FIT). Kada Research undertook a series of research work for us, including an interim evaluation and a recommendation report on the future of the programme. Kada have developed a very good understanding of the programme very quickly, asking relevant questions and coming up with very pertinent suggestions. Working with Kada over the past two years has been easy; they are responsive and have delivered research outputs on time, to budget and to a high standard. We will continue to work with them to lead on the programme’s summative assessment for ERDF
– Dr Sylvia Baron (Programme Manager, Energy Unit – Environment, Greater London Authority).
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