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HECAction Health Challenge Evaluation

(funded by the Energy Saving Trust)

The HECAction Programme provided funding to local authorities to implement schemes linked to the Home Energy Conservation Act. ACE’s Research Team were involved in the ongoing development of the programme; selection of schemes to receive funding; monitoring the implementation of schemes; provision of advice to local authorities on how to bid for money from the programme, and assessment and dissemination of lessons learned from the schemes implemented.

Evaluating the EST’s HECAction Health Challenge Scheme 2001/2002

The final round of HECAction funding awarded grants to schemes in the field of “Health and Energy Efficiency”. The aim was to fund projects that proposed partnerships with the health sector to help improve the energy efficiency in homes where the health of householders was being adversely affected by cold and damp conditions. ACE was contracted to evaluate the 22 health schemes, running until March 2003. The aim of the evaluation was to pick out the best practice and lessons learned at each stage of setting up a scheme of this nature.

The stages covered were:

  • Engaging Health Professionals
  • Setting up the referral network
  • Reaching the target client group
  • Installing measures
  • Maintaining the partnership
  • Monitoring results

full evaluation report has been produced. It brings together all the lessons learned from these schemes and proposes best practice guidelines for other local authorities and health sector participants to follow.

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