Big Local: What’s new and different?
From the moment Big Local was announced there was huge enthusiasm that this programme would be ‘new and different’ from those that had gone before. A consortium of passionate and experienced individuals pooled their knowledge and experience of what had worked and failed in the past and this was included in the 2010 bid.
In 2012, IVAR challenged Local Trust to take a systematic look at lessons from past community development programmes to see how Big Local was measuring up. Our report found that Big Local was indeed proving to be ‘new and different’ and was building on the past. It also helped identify even more ways Local Trust could build on past lessons.