Jane Mills led a team of researchers from CCRI and the University of Exeter in developing a set of indicators that will be used by Defra and Natural England to assess engagement and social outcomes associated with agri-environment schemes.
CCRI, with University of Exeter, has recently started working on a project for Natural England to develop methods for monitoring and evaluating the social outcomes of agri-environment schemes.
The first CCRI seminar for 2017 takes place on Thursday, 19th January, when Beth Brockett, from Natural England, is presenting ‘Mixed methods mapping of soil carbon – challenging the usual approaches to mapping the agricultural environment’.
An evaluation of permissive access under Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) options was carried out over the period October 2011 – March 2012 by CCRI in conjunction with Ken Taylor of Asken Ltd. The evaluation included telephone and face-to-face interviews with a sample of HLS permissive access agreement holders, and face-to-face interviews with a range of national and local level stakeholders representing user groups and other interested bodies such as local authorities. The aim of the study was to evaluate the contribution of HLS permissive access options, and explore the potential for future voluntary provision of access. The research indicates