Oxford Research Denmark are in collaboration with the University of Southern Denmark evaluating Community Led Local Development

The 26 Community Led Local Development (CLLD) groups in Denmark are supporting local projects based on their knowledge of the local community’s special challenges and solutions. The CLLD program is an important tool in order to support the development of rural areas and here five years into the program, where the first results have started to show, Oxford Research Denmark are conducting an evaluation on the effects and results of the program. Oxford Research Denmark are responsible for the evaluation in collaboration with the University of Southern Denmark as a sub-contractor.

The completion of the CLLD projects help strengthen the individual communities’ identity and contribute to business development, tourism and residents. The CLLD groups have become important factors in local development. It is in many cases an effort that is difficult to measure and which leads to many follow-up effects which creates special challenges for a good and thorough evaluation.

At this point there is broad knowledge about the workings and the positive outcomes of the method in relation to development of rural areas and Oxford Research’s evaluation thus focuses on the results of the program from 2014-2020.

The central focal points in the evaluation are:

  • To what extend has the Community Led Local Development effort supported local development in the rural areas?
  • To what extend has the Community Led Local Development effort contributed to the furthering of innovation?

In addition to this the evaluation will account for the effect creation, cost efficiency and completion of goals. The evaluation will assess the overall national progress as well as the individual Community Led Local Development groups.