How to Evaluate Catchment Based Partnerships & Avoid a Watered Down Approach?

Potter, Karen and Jacklin-Jarvis, Carol (2019). How to Evaluate Catchment Based Partnerships & Avoid a Watered Down Approach? In: 2019 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference: A civil society for the future: setting the agenda for the voluntary sector and volunteering research in the 2020s, 10-11 Sep 2019, Aston University, Birmingham, UK.

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Abstract

Catchment management was initially seen as a ‘physical’ need for the integration of water policy issues, but a collaborative approach has more recently emerged as a key feature in the Government’s policy approach to decision making and implementation. Thus voluntary sector organisations (e.g. Rivers Trusts) are charged with leading multi-level partnerships to not only take on significant physical challenges, but to manage the ‘partnership’ that are increasingly seen as central to transformational change. The paper is contextualised against a ‘Catchment Based Approach’ Partnership in receipt of significant funding, to highlight the challenges of developing and the potential utility of an evaluation framework. We draw on and begin to explore a realist approach evaluation, to focus on the ways in which voluntary organisation led catchment partnerships can create the conditions that make environmental change possible. In doing so, we also proffer to enhance our understanding of the role of this vital subsector of civil society.

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