Building Better Opportunities National Evaluation – Key Findings

The Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme is supporting a variety of projects across England which are helping individuals, particularly those with multiple and complex needs facing significant barriers to work, move towards and into employment.

Through the programme, Big Lottery Fund (now The National Lottery Community Fund) is matching funds from the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 programme to provide joint investment in local projects which tackle the root causes of poverty, promote social inclusion and drive local jobs and growth.

Now, at the mid-way point of the national evaluation of Building Better Opportunities, a new evaluation report from Ecorys has brought together some of the key findings so far.

The evaluation draws on a range of evidence including a survey of BBO grant holders, qualitative interviews with grant holders, partners, delivery staff and participants, analysis of Management Information (MI) data, a participant survey, shared learning workshops for projects, and local evaluation evidence and materials.

One of the programme aims is to increase access to European funding for voluntary, community and social enterprise sector groups, and to utilise their experience and specialist support to work with disadvantaged and ‘hard to reach’ groups.

The report shows that many of the third sector groups who have engaged with the programme were accessing European Funding for the very first time.  

Read the report here:

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