In 2016 HLF commissioned Mott MacDonald, with The Leisure Consultancy to evidence the heritage, social and economic/community impacts of the Heritage Grants Programme (2002-2007) for the UK. This impact evaluation uses evidence from a representative sample of 133 projects (13% of all completed projects). We like it because it explains many of the evaluation processes (including logic models, for example) as well as clearly setting out the range and types of impact of the work funded by the Heritage Grants Programme.
By investing in heritage assets across the UK, the Heritage Lottery Fund has realised the potential for heritage to yield social, economic and community impacts. The programme has been particularly effective at increasing involvement in heritage through raising visitor numbers by developing heritage sites as successful visitor attractions.