One of the powers of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is being able to award community grants that will support safer communities and reduce crime and with this in mind the PCC introduced the Commissioner’s Fund shortly after his election in November 2012. The fund is available to the wider communities of Gloucestershire to support those projects or initiatives that will help deliver one or more of the 6 priorities within the Police and Crime Plan.
In order to evaluate the success of the fund it was agreed that an independent review would be commissioned and in the Autumn of 2015 City Forum, an independent organisation of public policy analysts , were awarded the contract to conduct this review.
The following Terms of Reference were followed:
a. A process evaluation of the rationale, implementation and delivery of the Commissioners’ Fund programme [taking into account the views of staff and successful and unsuccessful applicants and other key stakeholders].
b. An impact evaluation of the projects supported by the Commissioners’ Fund, how well they link the PCC’s six key priorities and the value delivered to the community.