Evaluating local strategic partnerships:theory and practice of change

Geddes, Mike, Davies, Jonathan and Fuller, Crispian (2007). Evaluating local strategic partnerships:theory and practice of change. Local Government Studies, 33 (1), pp. 97-116.


Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs) are a major recent innovation in English local governance. As the 'partnership of partnerships' in a locality, the ability of the LSP to provide an arena for community leadership and joined up service delivery is vital to the Local Government Modernisation Agenda. Drawing on material from the national evaluation of LSPs, this paper assesses their progress. A theory of change (ToC) approach was adopted in the evaluation, and the paper shows how this approach was developed and utilised. The main findings from the evaluation are then presented and discussed. In conclusion, the article draws some wider conclusions both about the strengths and weaknesses of the ToC approach and about LSPs themselves.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03003930601081358
Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences
Languages & Social Sciences > Aston Centre for Europe
Languages & Social Sciences > Sociology and Policy
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Local Government Studies on 29 Jan 2007, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03003930601081358
Uncontrolled Keywords: leadership ,local government ,local planning ,modernization ,partnership approach ,planning theory
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Published Date: 2007-02
Authors: Geddes, Mike
Davies, Jonathan
Fuller, Crispian



Version: Accepted Version

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