Projects | Communities

Reward and Recognition Fund Evaluation

Evaluation of the Reward and Recognition Fund (RRF)

Started: October 2011 Due for completion: November 2015
Defra
Brook Lyndhurst are providing monitoring and evaluation support to 16 local authorities and community organisations funded through the Household Reward and Recognition Fund for Recycling and Reuse (RRF), and to carry out a programme-level evaluation. We are assisting the pilots in designing methods to gather robust quantitative and qualitative data to demonstrate their impacts, both in terms of waste behaviours changes and waste tonnage reductions....

HS2 property consultation 2014: behavioural insight sessions

Started: August 2014 Ended: November 2014
Department for Transport
Brook Lyndhurst was commissioned by the Department for Transport to undertake independent qualitative research to explore attitudes and potential behavioural responses towards two proposed schemes for owner-occupiers potentially affected by the HS2 phase one rail line...

Flooding: social science evidence synthesis

Started: August 2013 Ended: January 2014
Defra
Brook Lyndhurst and Collingwood Environmental Planning, supported by Nigel Watson, were commissioned by Defra to carry out an exploratory research project on local ownership and management of flood risk. The research involved the synthesis of existing social science evidence and practitioner experience, and the identification of gaps in the existing knowledge. The report is due to be published in the near future....
Community renewable energy

Ynni'r Fro Evaluation

Started: April 2013 Ended: October 2013
Welsh Government
Midterm evaluation of a Welsh Government programme to support the development of community renewable energy initiatives....

Community Supported Fisheries (CSFs): diversifying fish consumption and decreasing discards by thinking inside the box

Started: January 2012 Ended: August 2013
Defra
Brook Lyndhurst has been contracted, alongside SeaWeb - an international NGO dedicated to communicating ocean sustainability issues - to undertake a piece of action-based research (ABR) on the issue of ‘under-utilised’ species. ...

Evaluation of the Inspiring Sustainable Living (ISL) Fund

Started: September 2011 Ended: August 2013
Defra
Four third sector-led initiatives received seed funding for projects to inspire sustainable lifestyles through the Olympic and Paralympic games. Brook Lyndhurst were appointed to conduct a programme level evaluation of the fund....
Social Marketing

Social marketing pilots in Wales to reduce domestic energy use

Started: January 2013 Ended: July 2013
Welsh Government
Brook Lyndhurst were commissioned by the Welsh Government to design social marketing behaviour change pilot projects aimed at reducing domestic carbon emissions....

Co-Production and Sustainable Development in Wales

Started: January 2013 Ended: April 2013
Welsh Government
Brook Lyndhurst undertook research for the Welsh Government to investigate the potential role of co-production models in sustainable development. The objectives of the research are to assess the applicability of co-production models to the work of the Welsh Government and its delivery partners, and produce a set of principles for developing environmental co-production projects in Wales. ...
ZWS Volunteer Network

Evaluation of the Volunteer Network

Started: September 2011 Ended: March 2012
Zero Waste Scotland
Zero Waste Scotland’s Volunteer Programme was established to create a network of volunteers across Scotland to empower local communities to adopt more sustainable ways of living, helping to make Scotland a genuinely zero waste society. Brook Lyndhurst were commissioned to evaluate the impacts of this network....
Love Food Hate Waste Local Partnership Adviser cascade

Evaluating the impact of WRAP’s cascade training programme in England 2011/12

Started: September 2011 Ended: March 2012
WRAP
The LPA activities include LFHW cascade training and awareness-raising workshops, which aim to enable individuals to both reduce their own household food waste, and to cascade food waste prevention tips and advice to other members of the community/business. The evaluation aimed to establish the effectiveness of this approach in achieving behaviour change both directly and via the cascades....

Review of the Scottish Climate Challenge Fund

Started: March 2010 Ended: June 2011
Scottish Government
Brook Lyndhurst carried out in-depth research with 20 projects funded by the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund in order to better understand critical success factors in community-based climate change initiatives....

How health empowerment can work for you

Started: February 2010 Ended: December 2010
London Sustainability Exchange (LSx)
A series of briefing notes from events targeted at Councillors on how to advocate health through community empowerment...

Evaluation of the Big Green Challenge Plus

Started: July 2009 Ended: December 2010
NESTA
Brook Lyndhurst reviewed the work of the projects supported by NESTA's Big Green Challenge Plus in order to draw out key lessons for policy and future funds of this kind....

Evaluation of the Big Green Challenge

Started: September 2007 Ended: December 2010
NESTA
A three-year project to conduct an ongoing and formative evaluation of NESTA’s ‘Big Green Challenge’ programme...

Testing innovative approaches for achieving pro-environmental behaviours - schools as networks

Started: April 2009 Ended: November 2010
Defra
This project aimed to test a variety of techniques for encouraging pro-environmental behaviour in schools...

Reducing emissions through behavioural change - Scoping pilot programmes in Wales

Started: May 2010 Ended: October 2010
Welsh Assembly Government
Brook Lyndhurst worked with the Energy Saving Trust to provide advice to the Welsh Assembly Government on developing pilot interventions aimed at changing behaviour to improve domestic energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions...

Social capital: A rural perspective

Started: January 2009 Ended: November 2009
Defra
The research was designed to go beyond headline statistics relating to social capital and quality of life in rural areas and look in more depth at differing experiences in different rural locations. In particular it sought to investigate how social capital is experienced in rural England; what, if anything, distinguishes rural social capital from urban social capital; and if experiences of social capital are found to differ by person and place, what might help explain this difference. This project continued Defra’s programme of research designed to deepen understanding of rural life in England and the experiences and needs of rural residents. It fed into Defra’s departmental strategic objective (DSO) for strong rural communities by contributing to the body of evidence relating to how these needs may be addressed through public policy and service delivery....

A review of the Environmental Action Fund (EAF)

Started: January 2005 Ended: February 2009
Defra
A review of the Environmental Action Fund, a three year initiative supporting voluntary and community sector groups to further the government's sustainable development objectives...

The diffusion of environmental behaviours: The role of influential individuals in social networks

Started: January 2008 Ended: November 2008
Defra
An investigation into the notion of 'green' mavens, with a view to identifying specific opportunities for communications and policy...

Establishing the behaviour change evidence base to inform community-based waste prevention & recycling

Started: January 2006 Ended: January 2007
Defra
This project aimed to enhance Defra's understanding of how behaviour change tools can be used by community and other organisations to promote sustainable waste management...

Delivering regeneration through environmental improvements

Started: August 2006 Ended: January 2007
Environment Agency
Brook Lyndhurst was commissioned by the Environment Agency to show, through four case studies, how it contributes to regeneration through its environmental improvement, green space and community partnership projects. ...

Innovative methods for influencing behaviours & assessing success: 'Nudging the S-curve'

Started: September 2005 Ended: January 2006
Defra
This project explored possible models for explaining how and why sustainable behaviours may, or may not, percolate through the population. ...

Sustainable local economies for health project (SLEHP)

Started: September 2004 Ended: April 2005
London Health Commission
As part of the "London Works for Better Health" project in collaboration with the London Health Commission, this project developed a framework for appraising what makes a local economy both sustainable and health-promoting. The research involved an in-depth literature review drawing on the evidence base in areas of diversity and recruitment, affordable housing, childcare provision, transport and skills. It also drew on the distinctive characteristics of London – as an economy and a place to live and work. The resultant framework is intended to enable employers to make informed decisions regarding health and sustainability....

Brook Lyndhurst Blog

  • Energy efficiency: behaviour, rationality, economics and politics

    I had the pleasure of joining some 300 researchers and academics from around the world a couple of weeks ago to discuss the latest thinking on persuading consumers to use less energy.  The BEHAVE2014 conference took place in Oxford at a time when it is increasingly appreciated, by businesses, governments and civic society, that any [...] 

  • Herd behaviour amongst sports fans

    We had a conversation in the office the other day about herd behaviour and the difference between football and cricket crowds. Why is it that spectators at a football match can occasionally get aggressive and abusive, but spectators at a cricket match tend to act more like naughty schoolboys: boisterous but essentially good-natured? It’s a [...]