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RDPE Evaluation

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A wide ranging mid-term evaluation of the North East's Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) was undertaken by GENECON in 2010. RDPE comprises a range of targeted funds, aimed at supporting local enterprise, diversifying the rural economy, maximising 'cooperative' opportunities and supporting rural community initiatives through the LEADER programme. GENECON undertook extensive data analysis and a wide consultation process. The evaluation assessed the impact of the programme to date and provided guidance to One NorthEast on the most effective focus for future rural economy investments. Recommendations focused on enhancing this successful programme through introducing the opportunities for greater innovation in local service delivery.

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