Evaluation of the Inspiring Sustainable Living (ISL) Fund

Start date:
September 2011
August 2013

Brook Lyndhurst were appointed by Defra to conduct a programme level evaluation of the Inspiring Sustainable Living (ISL) Fund. Through the £800,000 ISL Fund, four third sector-led initiatives have received seed funding for projects to inspire sustainable lifestyles through the Olympic and Paralympic games.

Project Name Organisation Aim
One Planet ExperienceBioRegionalTo recruit inspirational role models (including Olympians and Paralympians) to achieve long-term sustainable lifestyles, and act as community leaders for sustainability. An interactive sustainability centre at the Games will encourage athletes to make and keep their sustainability pledges.
Inspired to Sustainable LivingEast PotentialTo provide practical advice and assistance to social housing tenants, to increase recycling rates and develop a better understanding of nutrition for disadvantaged young people.
Transform ProjectGroundwork LondonTo transform 20 areas of derelict land into local green spaces or community gardens, improve local recycling rates, empower people to lead more sustainable lifestyles, and engage in environmental volunteering.
Active Travel ChampionsSustransTo provide training and support to volunteers so that they can encourage people in workplaces, schools, universities and communities to make healthier and more environmentally-friendly long-term transport choices.


The methodology were used was strongly influenced by our experience in evaluating the Greener Living Fund (GLF) and other similar funds. Our evaluation consisted of a secondary review of evaluation materials produced by each of the four ISL funded projects, supplemented by qualitative interview evidence.

We used a mentoring approach to support the projects’ own evaluation and delivery strategies, by assisting them in identifying issues and creating solutions which work for their particular project. In this way, ownership of the project delivery and evaluation process remained with the project managers, and their own learning and capacity building was maximised.

Our evaluation deliver the following outputs:

  • Behaviour change models and programme logic models for each of the projects
  • Site visits with project managers and interviews with partners and stakeholders
  • A two-part workshop with project managers in evaluation and analysis
  • An interim report on initial delivery progress and learning
  • A final report which synthesises learning across the fund and includes an in-depth case study on each project
  • A formal presentation to Defra on the findings of the evaluation

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