The Regional Infrastructure Consortium (RIC) has existed in its current form since May 2007. Its role is to assess need and identify new projects region-wide, agree plans and priorities for region-wide infrastructure services, allocate resources, and feed into strategic regional structures. The RIC has a membership of around 60 individuals and organisations, and holds regular meetings within the region. To conduct this impact assessment, email questionnaires were sent to three stakeholder groups: RIC members, Regional Infrastructure Development Group (RIDG) members and Infrastructure Strategic Partnership (ISP) members. 14 RIC members and 8 others returned completed questionnaires. RIC members were quite positive about their involvement with the RIC, agreeing that, for instance, it had enabled them to contribute to the RIC Business Plan and provided networking opportunities. However, several people made comments regarding the role of Capacitybuilders, which was seen as problematic and was thought to have increased time pressures on the RIC. In addition, it seemed that there was not a clear vision of the RIC’s specific role, responsibilities, and relationships to other regional and sub-regional bodies, and there were concerns expressed about future funding issues. Key recommendations for the RIC were developed at a review session. RIC members and stakeholders were asked to use the survey findings to assess the impact of the different aspects of the RIC with reference to the resources devoted to each. Following the Change Check method, the recommendations were categorised as actions for now (within the next 6 months), soon (in the next 6–12 months) and later (12 months and beyond).
|Place of Publication||Newcastle upon Tyne, UK|
|Publisher||Sustainable Cities Research Institute|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|