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Report highlights impacts of Rural Economy and Land Use programme

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30 July 2012

A new report published today has found that the Rural Economy and Land Use programme has successfully generated a significant number and a diversified range of types of impacts and impacts-in-progress. It concluded that Relu has significantly helped to change policies and practices concerning rural economy and land use.

Relu (Rural Economy and Land Use) is a £26.5M research programme, running between 2004 and 2013, which aims to inform policy and practice on how to manage the countryside and rural economies. It is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, and the Natural Environment Research Council, with additional funding from the Scottish Government and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Relu has supported 39 projects in four funding waves, along with smaller scale activities.

The evaluation was commissioned by ESRC, in consultation with all the funders, to identify examples of impacts and provide a rigorous assessment of the extent to which RELU has met its policy and practice impact objectives. It also aimed to capture learning about impact-generating processes (and reflections upon their evaluation) so that others with similar aims can benefit in the future.

To read the report visit: www.esrc.ac.uk/impacts-and-findings/impact-assessment/policy-practice-impacts.aspx

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