It was important that evaluation was given due regard in Scheme delivery. There was a desire to identify elements such as key successes, challenges and lessons learnt: for the benefit of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the High Weald AONB Unit, Scheme partners, and a wider Landscape Partnership audience.
The broad objectives of the Weald Forest Ridge Landscape Partnership Scheme evaluative approach were hence:
- To construct a narrative for the Scheme.
- To test the oft quoted value of the landscape partnership approach – "that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts".
- To evaluate successes, legacies, impacts and benefits.
- To identify challenges and lessons learnt from the Scheme's delivery.
Consequently, a range of evaluative techniques were implemented, from 2009 through to 2012 and a Scheme Evaluation Report has been produced.