The places where we live and work define who we are and what we do. They determine the nature of our relationships with our fellow citizens and the communities we create together.
Interest in place-based working has gained significant traction in recent years. Shrinking resources and growing demands for devolution have fuelled a desire to empower communities to have greater control over the places they live in. While many organisations talk about taking a place-based approach, they often mean different things. Place-based working is not a static process; most funders are on a journey.
We’ve developed this framework to share common characteristics we’ve identified from our consulting and think tank work, which we believe will prove invaluable for developing your own place-based projects.
Our case studies bring together examples of place-based programmes from across the UK. Some are funder-led programmes while others are led by the public or third sector. We felt that all have interesting lessons for funders who are exploring how to achieve impact in a place.