We were commissioned by DEFRA to design and undertake the evaluation of the Rural Communities Broadband Fund (RCBF). The evaluation involved a literature review to identify suitable impact indicators, detailed design of an evaluation method and research tools involving control areas.
Our team has reviewed the process and early signs of impact of RCBF across the country and has been looking in detail at a limited number of projects to understand their experience of participating in the programme. The findings are being used to inform future rounds of broadband investment in sparsely populated rural areas and provide intelligence on the value for money of this RDPE funded initiative.
Evaluating the Rural Communities Broadband Fund