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Forward Economic Thinking

Economic Development Consulting

Sustainable Economic Development
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conomic development – creating jobs and growing businesses – is hard. Doing it sustainably – creating real benefits for local people, tackling poverty and minimizing environmental impacts – is even harder. That’s where we try to help, as shown below:

Cialis apotek godkänd Assessing local economic needs and opportunities

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ny economic development project has to start by understanding the issues that it is aiming to address. This will usually involve a mixture of:

We can carry these steps out in an effective way, using established techniques, a wide network of contacts and a generous helping of good old common sense.

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aving established a clear need to do something, be it a new project, a major programme with lots of projects, or a new policy approach, there is often still a long way to go before it can happen.  There are usually four key elements to this, though the balance between them will depend on the nature of the project:

We have a track record of negotiating each of these steps, and can help with any or all of them as needed.

http://sea-learn.com/section/add-on/ Helping to deliver sustainable economic development

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he proof of the pudding is in the eating: even the best designed projects can need help to deliver effectively. With a range of experiences across a decade, we can bring practical support, insight and additional capacity to ensure that projects and programmes deliver as intended. The types of areas we typically support include:

In the rare case that we can’t help, we will almost know someone who can.

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core part of our work centres on finding out what works in sustainable economic development, and sharing this knowledge with others to improve policy and practice.  There are three main aspects to this work:

  • Review, carrying out a systematic assessment of what is working, what can be improved, what stakeholders think of the project or policy, and making recommendations for approval.
  • Evaluate, a more formal review at the end of a policy or pragramme, involving a rigorous assessment of the impact that a project, programme or policy has had, including assessment of ‘net additionality’ (a piece of jargon meaning the overall impact that would not have happened otherwise).
  • Share, making sure that those who need to know about what works are fully informed, through workshops, presentations or written evidence as required.

There is no one-way to do economic development so each local economy, organisation or government will approach it differently.