Evaluation of the One Public Estate Programme
Steer Economic Development, in partnership with CBRE and Newcastle University’s Centre for Urban & Regional Development, were commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Cabinet Office’s Office for Government Property (OGP) to undertake a formative, interim evaluation of the One Public Estate (OPE) Programme.
OPE was established as a partnership between the LGA and GPU (formally known as the Government Property Unit) in 2013. It aims to ensure a more joined-up approach to the management of land and premises in public ownership and, in particular, to facilitate greater collaboration between Local and Central Government agencies to:
- Support economic growth (new homes and jobs) by freeing up land for the development of housing and employment uses;
- Generate efficiencies through capital receipts and reduced running costs; and
- Deliver enhanced, more integrated and customer-focused public services.
OPE began in 2013 with twelve areas but has since expanded significantly to working with more than 300 councils on projects to transform public services and local communities across England.
The objectives of the evaluation were two-fold. Firstly, to assess the performance of OPE, to date. Secondly, to provide advice and recommendations to enhance the performance of the programme and support its transition into a new phase of delivery.
The evaluation adopted a Theory of Change approach and assessed impact in 15 case study areas covering and thematic priorities including; housing delivery, integrated health and social care, employment support services, supporting Devolution priorities, innovative delivery models, and releasing surplus MOD estate. It also assessed aggregate performance at the programme level. Our approach was based around detailed quantitative analysis of OPE’s performance and monitoring data, alongside an extensive consultation exercise with local and national stakeholders.