Space to Connect Learning and Evaluation Programme

This is the web page for the Space to Connect Learning and Evaluation Programme.

This programme is led by Leeds Beckett University who have involved a team of experts in wellbeing, community programmes, evaluation and learning. Information about the team can be found here.

Space to Connect is a £1.6 million partnership between the Government ( and Co-op’s charity, the Co-op Foundation, will help communities across the country tackle loneliness by improving and protecting local spaces that bring people together.

Role of the learning and evaluation programme

Support to the projects

To support funded projects improve their impact and effectiveness by supporting them by providing tailored community development knowledge/tools that they can use while they are delivering their project.


To gather information about the impact that this type of programme has, for example does this grant aid model work and how could it be improved?

Wider Learning

During the course of the programme we will have develop a range of briefings and guides that relate to using community development knowledge and tools to develop community spaces. We will develop these in partnership with the community projects who are part of Space to Connect.

Keeping in touch

As the programme develops we will be sharing information about what we have learnt.

  • You can keep in touch with us by contacting us directly using this email address –
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