Policy impact 'not measured properly'

The Government did not do enough to measure the impact of its programme to promote community enterprise in disadvantaged areas, according to a new report from the New Economics Foundation.

NEF researchers have found that the Local Enterprise Growth Initiative, set up in 2005 to stimulate local entrepreneurship and encourage social enterprise, has failed to do enough to measure change and to evaluate the effect of its regeneration programmes.

The report, Hitting the Target, Missing the Point, says that the Government needs to accept risk in order to achieve innovation, and recommends that it be "less political" when assigning public investment to enterprises.

Eilis Lawlor, a researcher for the NEF, said: "Failure to effectively measure the impact of regeneration policy has led to the perpetuation of similar types of initiative that have left the lives of those in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the UK largely unchanged for more than 30 years."

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