Evaluations and Impact Assessments

Evaluation of the Dunfermline Business Improvement District – Dunfermline Delivers, commissioned by Fife Council.
Fife Council is a major funder of Dunfermline Delivers and required an evaluation providing evidence of its achievements, effectiveness and progress before it would commit to any future funding.  We considered whether Dunfermline Delivers was delivering against its business plan through examining records and a series of interviews with key stakeholders and board members.  Our report included recommendations on future Fife Council funding, as well as recommendations and observations on aspects of the BID that could be improved in the future.

Analysis of Business and Customer Research in Falkirk Town Centre, commissioned by Falkirk BID Management Board.
Falkirk was one of the pathfinder Business Improvement Districts and as such was due for re-balloting in 2010.  In advance of this, surveys of both businesses and town centre users were undertaken to ascertain the impact of the BID’s activities.  We assisted by providing an independent analysis of both business and user surveys and presented the findings to the BID Management Board.

Evaluation of Kirkcaldy Comedy Festival, commissioned by Kirkcaldy4All.
Campbell Macrae Associates undertook an evaluation of the 2010 Kirkcaldy Comedy Festival to ascertain whether it had met its original objectives and to quantify its impact.  This involved the design and implementation of an audience survey and also gathering feedback from the participating venues.  We undertook a similar evaluation of the 2009 Comedy Festival for Kirkcaldy Town Centre Management.

Evaluation of the Pilot Shop Frontage Improvement Scheme, commissioned by Fife Council.
Fife Council piloted a scheme to help businesses in Leven, Lochgelly, Kelty and Inverkeithing to improve the external appearance of their properties with the aim of creating a better town centre environment.  We evaluated the pilot programme in terms of uptake, impact, cost/benefit, administration, etc and made recommendations as to whether and how the scheme might be rolled out to other areas.  This assignment included consultation with most of the businesses that participated.

Evaluation of Town Centre Events Programme in Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline, commissioned by Fife Council.
Funding was made available to Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy Town Centre Management Companies to enable a programme of events to be devised and delivered.  We were commissioned to evaluate the social and financial impact of the programmes, as well provide observations and recommendations for improvements in the future, both in terms of the actual events developed and ways of improving monitoring and evaluation.

Economic Evaluation of Phase 2 of Makars’ Court, commissioned by City of Edinburgh Council.
Makars’ Court, outside the Writers’ Museum in Edinburgh, commemorates famous Scottish writers.  Proposals were being drawn up to adopt a more strategic approach to its future development.  Campbell Macrae Associate’s role was to research and consult with various bodies in the literary sector to seek to establish the economic impact of Phase 1 and the potential impact of a Phase 2 development.  We worked with Derek Carter Landscape Architects on this assignment.

Economic Review of the Tayside Farm Business Advice Project, commissioned by Tayside Business Gateway.
Farmers in Tayside benefited from the services of two part time specialist advisors, located in Business Gateway.  However, the agreed funding package was coming to an end and there was a need to decide whether the service should be continued.  Campbell Macrae Associates reviewed the case work of the advisors and undertook a range of consultations with the funding partners and local users of the service.  It was concluded that the service should be retained, albeit with some modifications.  

Economic Impact Assessment of the Pittenweem Arts Festival, commissioned by Fife Council.
Working with Lowland Market Research, primary research was undertaken with visitors, participants and businesses during the 2004 Festival.  This allowed an assessment of the likely economic impact of this well established arts festival.  The assessment was undertaken to support the case to employ a part time co-ordinator as it was considered that the Festival had grown too big to be run by volunteers.