Green Infrastructure Partnership Evaluation

This survey will provide vital intelligence to feed into a review of the Green Infrastructure Partnership (GIP) undertaken by Professor Alister Scott  from the University of Northumbria as part of a funded project by the Natural Environment Research Council on mainstreaming green infrastructure.

This forms an important workstream to help shape the future direction of the Green infrastructure Partnership; a key champion of green infrastructure policy and practice.

All responses are anonymous and your privacy will be protected. No responses identify you as an individual or organisation.

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes for completion.

COMMENCE Green Infrastructure Partnership Survey

The survey forms part of a package to evaluate the Green Infrastructure Partnership from May-October  2019.  

Scoping Proposal for Evaluation of GI Partnership 

By Alister Scott NERC


Following discussions with Julia Thrift this proposal has been developed for the GIP sounding board 3rd April 2019

The GIP has been managed via Julia Thrift at the TCPA for 5 years now. Whilst it has made a significant contribution to research, policy, practice and raising awareness of the importance of GI, the nature of that impact has not been captured or assessed in any systematic way.  Thus, it is timely to review the progress achieved and think strategically about its future evolution, funding, governance and priorities.


Defining the scope of this review is key to shaping the method and outcomes. In particular, there is a need to prevent an idealised wish list being developed. The following terms of reference are suggested.

  • To review past work and outputs of the GIP and to use this intelligence to help plan a future vision and direction of travel for GIP in line with key policy changes and increasing influence of green infrastructure in research, policy and practice.
  • To identify the current and likely future drivers of GI research, policy and practice to inform the evaluation.  
  • To review terms of reference, priorities, funding  and governance structure of GIP


Method : April to October 1st ( using Mainstream GI budget )

Phase 1: Review of past work and achievements April-June  2019

Documentary analysis of GIP published materials (annual events; conferences; workshops;  newsletters; publications; grants; library; social media; web site) and  other outputs using a standardised template against stated aims and objectives.  The review will capture metrics and also a wider commentary on impacts.

The review will also identify and track separate work of TCPA that is focussed on GI to understand the nature of the relationships.   

Self assessment report

Self assessment provides a very powerful part of the evaluation jigsaw to accompany the other methods of inquiry. It involves the production of a reflective report and supporting narrative by the host organisation following a set template. This piece will inform the interview detailed below which will pick up on particular points from the self assessment report.

Interviews – to cover past and present activities with some forward looking questions.

  • Design of a Semi structured Interview with key members of TCPA who have worked or are working on GIP matters.
  • Phone /skype interviews (60-75 mins) with key GIP (sounding board) on past activities also linked to Phase 3 with future. (10 interviews are planned)
  • Wider internet survey of GIP members on their engagement with GIP and how it has influenced their own work with also some forward looking aspects. This will help capture wider impacts and capture value of GIP outputs and events.  Aim to secure 500 responses.


Phase 2 Current and future research policy drivers for GI April –May 2019

Identify and prioritise key drivers and pressures affecting GI in short medium and long term using Mainstream GI resources. This will act as an important context for identifying opportunity spaces and priorities for GIP.  Further work will identify current and future research priorities and calls which impact on GI.  A call for evidence will be developed to capture relevant research, policy and practice through the GIP sounding board.


 Phase 3 Prioritising the future role and direction of GIP  June-September  2019

Using the results from Phase 1 and 2, the annual GIP conference and follow on focus group material will be developed to identify and prioritise key themes for the future of the GIP. 

  • Annual GIP conference exercise 10 July 2019 to capture views of participants. An interactive flip chart approach akin to the health metrics exercise in 2018 will be undertaken and written up.
  • Focus groups drawn from (1) GIP sounding board x 1 (8 participants) (2) wider built environment policy network x1  (8 non GIP  members). These will be 1.5 hours in length with refreshments.  


Phase 4 Draft report with final report end of October  2019

All phases will be summarised in a draft report with options for future evolution and working. This will be discussed at the GIP  sounding board meeting October 16th  to inform a final report at the end of October.