Evaluation is a valuable tool. It aids understanding, provides insight into the effectiveness of programmes and interventions, and enhances and informs decision-making. Furthermore, robust evaluation also provides greater transparency and accountability. To this end NEA, with the support and guidance of critical oversight partner Newcastle University, designed and delivered a social evaluation of the Health and Innovation Programme (HIP). HIP was a £26.2 million programme to bring affordable warmth to fuel poor and vulnerable households in England, Scotland and Wales. The programme launched in April 2015 and has delivered energy efficiency advice and measures to over 9000 households.
The programme was divided into three funds: The Technical Innovation Fund (TIF), the Warm and Healthy Homes Fund (WHHF), and the Warm Zones
Fund (WZF). Projects financed under all three funds included the delivery of ‘large’ measures, such as substantial heating and/or insulation projects;
furthermore, TIF- and WHHF-funded projects also included ‘small’ low cost energy efficiency interventions, such as heating system repairs and
The evaluation involved research with over 700 beneficiary households, as well as NEA’s HIP delivery partners, and was designed to assess the overall impact of the programme. The analysis focused specifically on outcomes at the household level (recipients of measures) and outcomes at an operational and delivery level (delivery partners).
Full details of the evaluation strategy and methods are provided in Section 3.
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