Derrick Johnstone was commissioned as a Local Improvement Advisor (LIA) to help the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) gather a picture of the use and impact of the Working Neighbourhoods Fund (WNF). This Fund was established by DCLG and the Department of Work and Pensions to improve employment amongst residents of deprived areas.
The review took place in March 2010 and updated the findings of the WNF Evaluation Scoping Report, which reviewed progress in implementing the programme a year earlier. Derrick advised on the approach to gathering the data and drew together a report based on information collected by a team of LIAs. The report, published by DCLG, WNF Project Study, highlighted a range of good and innovative practices and available evidence of impact.
Evidence & performance, Skills & employment