This study was commissioned by English Heritage and Cadw in 2007 to provide Government and its agencies at all spatial levels with a research programme to enable the socio-economic benefits of heritage in the National Parks to be recognised, measured and evaluated in an academically sound and rigorous way.

The research, which was completed in October 2008, comprised an extensive scoping study involving a literature review combined with various forms of stakeholder consultation, including email and telephone surveys, face-to-face interviews and participatory workshops. The research programme was therefore a product of the existing evidence base, consultation with stakeholders at varying levels of governance and management and a gap analysis undertaken by the research team, which was led by Paul Courtney and included Peter Gaskell, Jane Mills and Julie Urquhart.

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