Over the last month, RRC coordinated three catchment partnership learning workshops, with support from the Environment Agency and the CaBA support team. The events (held in Sheffield, Bristol, and London) focused on strengthening the project monitoring, evaluation and reporting skills of partnerships, specifically:
- How to set clear project objectives, understanding their importance in supporting project delivery, and helping to define success targets.
- How to develop a good monitoring protocol (even for low budget projects) that can demonstrate project objectives and wider benefits have been met.
- To learn from those organisations and partnerships who have successfully secured additional funding to increase partnership capacity to deliver WFD outcomes.
A total of 142 delegates attended the events, with an impressive 80% of all partnerships represented. There were presentations from Catchment Restoration Fund and Catchment Partnership Action Fund project leads, and ample time for discussion and group learning exercises.
Presentations and handouts are available from our website here. We will also be sending out a summary drawing together the key messages from the events, in March.
Further support for partnerships
The events also provided an opportunity for partnerships to communicate what they are struggling with, and therefore what support they require from advisory organisations such as the RRC; whether that be more training courses, guidance resources or mentoring.
To this end, we would like to thank all who took time to complete event feedback forms and surveys. This information, together with what was communicated during discussion and workshops sessions has been collated and shared among advisory organisations, and will be a great help in ensuring support is tailored to current needs.
Future RRC training courses and project site visits will be advertised on our website in due course.