Centre for Rural Economy


Rural Excellence Mentoring Programme - Evaluation of Phase II

This study was commissioned to evaluate Phase II of the Rural Excellence Mentoring Programme.

The Programme had two key aims:

1. To conduct an evaluation of Phase II of the Rural Excellence Mentoring Programme and assist in developing clear messages on the dissemination of best practice in rural policy delivery;

2. To consider the potential for the development of a Rural Excellence quality standard to recognise the achievements of those authorities who realise major service delivery improvements.

Phase II of the Mentoring Programme consisted of a formal programme of mentoring for officers and members in twelve selected authorities. The study addressed a much wider range of issues than Phase I, in particular connected to the future ‘added value’ of the expanded Mentoring Programme. These included: