March 2010

2010 looks set to be Hall Aitken's year. We've been enjoying positive feedback from existing projects, participating in new ones and finding ways to better support organisations across the country. Find out what we've been up to, and how our work could benefit you on our website.

Way of Life showcase their skills at first ever conference

The first Way of Life conference was held in Cardiff on 21st January at the Wales Millennium Centre.  It focused on the 14 BIG Lottery funded Way of Life Healthy Living projects in Wales sharing learning and ‘good practice' methods. The event included a very popular speed dating session for projects to get to know one another, accompanied by a mini-trade fair, and a series of workshops.

Read our case study on the work we did on the Way of Life programme .

We are of Oxford University Standard

Our work with Oxford University, that was so well received last year, is now seeing its first outcomes, with the publication of the University's first Public and Community Engagement Report and the creation of dedicated community pages on the University's website. This is in addition to an ongoing development of dialogue between the collegiate University and the community.

To read the report: www.ox.ac.uk/community

Evaluation Lessons on the Shadow Rounds

We evaluated the Scottish Government commissioned Shadow Rounds projects - part of the 2007-13 Highlands and Islands European Social Funds Programme. 

To read our evaluation lessons - printed in January's Regeneration and Renewal: Link: PDF format, 79KB .

Successful Start-Ups Despite Recession!

In our evaluation work for the Wansbeck LEGI programme - Go Wansbeck - we've come across some amazing success stories. LEGI stands for Local Economic Growth Initiative, which is about stimulating economic development in deprived areas through start ups and business support.  At the focus group sessions we ran with people who had benefitted from this support we heard some amazing and inspiring stories.

Some of the Go Wansbeck success stories are available on http://www.gowansbeck.co.uk/case_studies.html

Encouraging the Growth of Enterprise in Scotland

The annual Holyrood Enterprise meeting was held in Edinburgh on 9th February which was attended by a number of key speakers and representatives from Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Enterprise Initiatives.

Read a summary of the key speeches and points raised.

Reporting on Wellbeing

The North-West Healthy Living Network (NW HLN) commissioned Hall Aitken in June 2008 to conduct a longitudinal evaluation of the North-West Wellbeing (NWWB) portfolio.

Read the first report for the network that contains the findings from years 1 and 2 of the portfolio's delivery.

You are what you eat.....

The report of the first year of the National Diet Nutrition Survey (NDNS) rolling programme (February 2008 to March 2009) has been released and the results are mixed. The report focuses on food consumption and nutrient intakes for adults aged 19 to 64 years and for children aged 18 months to 3 years, 4 to 10 years and 11 to 18 years.

Read the full report

SROI - Demonstrating Real Value

We have just started an SROI review of Sunderland City Council's Youth Villages project to produce evidence of the difference the events are making to young people and the local community as a whole, but also to agencies such as the police and fire brigade - watch this space!.

For an evaluation we are working on for the SROI Network we are very keen to get your views on the SROI approach - even if you haven't used it yet and don't really know what it is about. The survey will only take a few minutes to fill in - please click here .

For more information on our SROI work please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 0141 225 5516.

Strategy Seminars - Book your place

The myplace support team provides free support to Local Authorities and their partners to produce these strategies.  As part of our programme of support we are running a series of seminars in March 2010.

The seminars will be useful for:

  • Principal Youth Officers/Heads of Service
  • Directors of Children and Young People's services
  • myplace project managers
  • Voluntary sector partners

Click on a location for more info: Newcastle , Birmingham or Norwich