Evaluating the impacts, effectiveness and success of DECC-funded low carbon communities on localised energy behaviours (EVALOC)

Lead Research Organisation: Oxford Brookes University
Department Name: Faculty of Tech, Design and Environment

Abstract

This three-year project brings together an interdisciplinary team of social science and building science-based researchers to assess and explain the changes in energy use due to community activities within six selected case study projects under the Department of Energy and Climate Change's (DECC) Low Carbon Communities Challenge (LCCC) initiative.



These low carbon community projects are evaluated in terms of their:






  • impacts (on changing individual and community energy behaviours)

  • effectiveness (on achieving real-savings in energy use and carbon emissions)

  • success (in bringing about sustained and systemic change).



Using a combination of 'community-led action research' and a programme of 'monitoring and evaluation' of the DECC-funded interventions. These two core elements are expressed through four inter-related work packages.



While work package (WP) 1 focuses on action research with communities involving toolkit development and testing.



WP2 is about measuring, monitoring and mapping the actual environmental performance of low carbon communities, using in-use monitoring equipment, post-occupancy evaluation techniques and a web-based monitoring tool.



WP3a helps communities use their consumption and generation feedback to work towards low-carbon goals. It is linked with WP3b to facilitate sharing of results and reflection through social and community networks within and across communities.



WP4 focuses on the exchange of knowledge between different communities.

 
Description The overall aim of the project was to evaluate low carbon community (LCCs) projects in terms of their impacts on changing household and local energy behaviours, their effectiveness on achieving real-savings in energy use and carbon dioxide emissions and their success in bringing about sustained and systemic change. The key findings relating to this overall aim are as follows:
• LCCs were generally seen to have had a positive impact on reducing the energy use of the households involved. The majority of households in the study with physical and behaviour change interventions experienced long term reductions in energy use, with evidence of sustained energy-saving habitual behaviours and increased agency in terms of undertaking one-off 'purchasing' behaviours (such as installing solar PVs and buying energy efficient appliances).
• Wider benefits to the households involved in LCC activities included improved comfort levels, increased motivation, knowledge and understanding of energy and related environmental issues, as well as greater community pride.
• LCCs can be more effective than other actors (such as national government, energy suppliers and private sector organisations) in engaging and motivating local communities, particularly in terms of enabling learning through informal interaction in a social setting, and creating space and permission for energy conversations.
• Partnership and multi-agency approaches can increase scale and reach of activities, and effective support from local government and other key local stakeholders is helpful and probably essential to the operation and sustainability of LCCs.
• Feedback is a critical engagement and evaluation tool, but there is no 'one size fits all'; careful consideration of audience is vital. In addition, knowledge and practical know-how needs to be transferred along with new technology, preferably through some degree of personal contact to enable vital 'sense-making' conversation.
• Most LCCs are interested in using evaluation to improve their activities (formative evaluation) rather than purely to measure past performance. Evaluation goals and processes therefore need careful consideration, and quantifiable metrics focussing entirely on energy and carbon are important, but not the whole story for evaluating impacts of LCCs.
• Future energy and carbon reduction policies need to harness the power of more locally engaged actors. However since majority of LCCs focus their efforts midstream and downstream, their experiences, even where relevant to policy-formation, may not naturally filter through to policymakers. Understanding the achievements and problems of LCCs will require policymaker effort.
Through EVALOC, a mixed-method approach based on both social science and building science survey techniques was developed to enable longitudinal monitoring and evaluation of LCC activities in terms of their impacts on household energy use and behaviours. Through the study, it became obvious that further work and research into the long-term monitoring of low-zero carbon technologies is required, particularly in terms of the actual monitoring equipment used, the accuracy of the data and the subsequent management and processing of this data to enable both academic analysis but also feedback to households, LCCs and industry partners.
Exploitation Route The outcomes of EVALOC are likely to be taken forward by both academic and non-academic routes. In terms of non-academic, the EVALOC energy and communities toolkit (ENACT) seeks to provide information for all those involved in the sector; from low carbon community group volunteers to energy and community practitioners and policy-makers. In addition building energy practitioners can take forward the learnings on home energy retrofits, and those in the field of energy management and feedback will find interest in the outcomes relating to monitoring and feedback. In terms of academic routes, those involved in community energy research, building science and construction, energy and environmental areas can also find relevant learnings relating to both the potential of community-scale low carbon activities but also practical lessons on methodology and survey techniques. Furthermore, it is hoped that the research will also be taken up by those involved in healthcare (academic and non-academic), in terms of understanding the health and welfare benefits of community low carbon activities and individual household energy improvements.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Construction,Energy,Environment,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice
URL http://www.evaloc.org.uk/#!enacthomepage/cf97
 
Description The findings from the research have been used by a variety of stakeholders in the field of community energy, from policy-makers to community practitioners and community organisations. In terms of policy impacts, the findings from the study fed directly into the Department of Energy and Climate Change's Community Energy Strategy (2014). EVALOC was explicitly profiled as an exemplar case study and mentioned in terms of providing a robust means to measuring impact, as well as at least one output of the study (assessment of monitoring and evaluation in community groups) being used within the final Community Energy Strategy report (2014). Findings from the study were presented to member of the Energy Efficiency Deployment Unit (EEDO) in Department of Energy and Climate Change (2014 and 2015) to inform policy development in the field of community energy and household energy use. In September 2015, insights from the study were shared (through seminar and meetings) with officials of Scottish Government working in the community energy sector to influence their evaluation protocols for measuring the impact of community energy action. EVALOC data, tools (household interview, heating controls questionnaire) and findings related to monitoring and evaluation of household energy use, have been explicitly referred to by the Green Construction Board's in their report on Knowledge Capture and Dissemination (http://www.greenconstructionboard.org/images/stories/Knowledge_and_Skills/SDF%20Report.pdf and http://www.greenconstructionboard.org/images/stories/Knowledge_and_Skills/SDF%20Exec%20Summary.pdf) . Written by Sustainable Development Foundation, this report acknowledges the EVALOC datasets as high quality and their usefulness in terms of increasing knowledge and behaviour change. In terms of the community groups involved in the project, Eco-Easterside used the findings from EVALOC to provide the evidence-base for a successful funding bid worth £1million. Hook Norton Low Carbon used the EVALOC project to enable reflecting on progress and to focus on most appropriate future projects. West Oxford Community Renewables have used the findings in recent community energy share offers, whilst the community renewables survey developed through EVALOC has been used by one community group for their work, as well as other research studies. In addition, some of the shared learning workshops have been useful in bringing community groups together and enabling the successful sharing of ideas and development of future activities. Through the findings themselves, the participants in the research who were provided with feedback (mainly through carbon mapping and thermal imaging), provided positive responses in terms of increased motivation in terms of both energy-saving habitual behaviours, as well as undertaking further retrofit measures (from small, such as draught-proofing and re-dressing the mortar joints in external walls, to large, such as solar PV panels). In addition, EVALOC fed directly into a collaborative Knowledge Exchange project (Monitoring and Evaluation for Sustainable Communities) focusing on the monitoring and evaluation of community organisations and trialled a variety of monitoring and evaluation tools within community groups and brought together researchers, members of UK low carbon community groups, the Transition Network and Low Carbon Communities Network. A conference paper on EVALOC research related to community carbon mapping received the 'best paper award' at the international Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) Conference (2014, India) which had 200 papers and 500 delegates. A wide range of public-facing activities, including workshops, advice stalls and open exhibitions have also been undertaken throughout the project in order to further the non-academic impact of the findings. For a national interactive exhibition on 'A Sense of Energy' (Cardiff and London, 2014), the EVALOC installation used thermal imaging and carbon mapping to help 'visualise' energy. By airbrushing the colours normally seen in a thermal image onto a doll's house, it provided an innovative way of demonstrating heat losses from a typical Victorian terrace as well as providing recommendations on how to reduce such heat losses. The carbon mapping showed the changes in a community's estimated domestic household energy use, before and after local community energy action. The exhibition ran in London in July 2014 and in Cardiff from September until October 2014. In Cardiff, the exhibition had workshops and chances to talk to researchers and visitors about methods, issues and the exhibition work. The 'A Sense of Energy' exhibition included exhibits from Cardiff University, Goldsmiths College and Keele University, and was funded by the Research Councils UK. The EVALOC thermally imaged doll house installation has been used in local public events in Oxford, including the 2015 OUTBURST festival, where it attracted attention as part of the welcoming exhibit, and conferences aimed at designers, managers and developers in the construction industry that focused on improving building performance to reduce energy. The ENACT toolkit on the EVALOC website seeks to further promote and enable public access to the findings, in easy-to-understand briefings, case studies and technical reports. In total, since the launch of the ENACT toolkit at the final EVALOC conference until now, the EVALOC website has been viewed 5,231 times, with 612 returning visitors (March 2015 to March 2016). This is in comparison to only 2,645 total views prior to the ENACT toolkit being launched (April 2012 to February 2015). The types of visitors to the site are believed to be a mix of academics, community practitioners and building industry personnel. Furthermore, researchers in the study have continued to actively attend workshops and community-focused events in and around the UK, particularly Oxfordshire, such as a regular social enterprise drinks held by CAG (Community Action Group) Oxfordshire and attended by low community groups and organisations. In addition to this, one of the research team has been awarded an Impact Acceleration Award and is on secondment from the University of Oxford with Low Carbon Oxford (LCO), which is a City Council led network of local public, private and third sector organisations collaborating to reduce the city's carbon emissions to accelerate learning and exploit knowledge of EVALOC (alongside other relevant studies) within local community groups. The community engagement and household recruitment methodology developed in the EVALOC project have influenced the engagement activities of another community energy project funded by Innovate UK and Industry (Project ERIC: Energy Resources for Integrated Communities), to recruit and engage householders for storing and sharing solar generated electricity across 80 households in Oxford. The community carbon mapping approach developed in the EVALOC project has influenced the user journey of community groups of another Innovate UK and Industry funded project on 'local energy mapping for urban retrofit (LEMUR)' which is increasing the uptake of low carbon measures across 500 houses in Bicester.
First Year Of Impact 2014
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Construction,Education,Energy
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services
 
Description Attendance at meetings with DECC's Community Energy Strategy Group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Attendance of meetings and inclusion in the national Community Energy Strategy documentation
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Citation in Community Energy Strategy Report
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description Submission to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on the Community Energy Call for Evidence.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Low Carbon Community Group Collaboration 
Organisation Awel Aman Tawe
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Focus Groups and community events in the local areas financed, supported and attended. Feedback provided on events, with Community Energy Toolkit being produced to combine all learnings relevant to low carbon community groups.
Collaborator Contribution Assisting in practical help required such as recruiting households for monitoring and evaluation; setting up workshops/meetings/events. Attending focus groups, undertaking interviews with researchers and giving feedback on reports/presentations.
Impact All publications and engagement activities based on learnings from this collaboration.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Low Carbon Community Group Collaboration 
Organisation Blacon Community Trust
Department Sustainable Blacon
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Focus Groups and community events in the local areas financed, supported and attended. Feedback provided on events, with Community Energy Toolkit being produced to combine all learnings relevant to low carbon community groups.
Collaborator Contribution Assisting in practical help required such as recruiting households for monitoring and evaluation; setting up workshops/meetings/events. Attending focus groups, undertaking interviews with researchers and giving feedback on reports/presentations.
Impact All publications and engagement activities based on learnings from this collaboration.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Low Carbon Community Group Collaboration 
Organisation Hook Norton Low Carbon
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Focus Groups and community events in the local areas financed, supported and attended. Feedback provided on events, with Community Energy Toolkit being produced to combine all learnings relevant to low carbon community groups.
Collaborator Contribution Assisting in practical help required such as recruiting households for monitoring and evaluation; setting up workshops/meetings/events. Attending focus groups, undertaking interviews with researchers and giving feedback on reports/presentations.
Impact All publications and engagement activities based on learnings from this collaboration.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Low Carbon Community Group Collaboration 
Organisation Kirklees Council
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Focus Groups and community events in the local areas financed, supported and attended. Feedback provided on events, with Community Energy Toolkit being produced to combine all learnings relevant to low carbon community groups.
Collaborator Contribution Assisting in practical help required such as recruiting households for monitoring and evaluation; setting up workshops/meetings/events. Attending focus groups, undertaking interviews with researchers and giving feedback on reports/presentations.
Impact All publications and engagement activities based on learnings from this collaboration.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Low Carbon Community Group Collaboration 
Organisation Low Carbon West Oxford
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Focus Groups and community events in the local areas financed, supported and attended. Feedback provided on events, with Community Energy Toolkit being produced to combine all learnings relevant to low carbon community groups.
Collaborator Contribution Assisting in practical help required such as recruiting households for monitoring and evaluation; setting up workshops/meetings/events. Attending focus groups, undertaking interviews with researchers and giving feedback on reports/presentations.
Impact All publications and engagement activities based on learnings from this collaboration.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Low Carbon Community Group Collaboration 
Organisation Middlesbrough Environment City
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Focus Groups and community events in the local areas financed, supported and attended. Feedback provided on events, with Community Energy Toolkit being produced to combine all learnings relevant to low carbon community groups.
Collaborator Contribution Assisting in practical help required such as recruiting households for monitoring and evaluation; setting up workshops/meetings/events. Attending focus groups, undertaking interviews with researchers and giving feedback on reports/presentations.
Impact All publications and engagement activities based on learnings from this collaboration.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Achieving low carbon buildings using carbon mapping and building performance evaluation. KEYNOTE. First international conference on Sustainability in the Habitats, 19-20 September 2016, GUADALAJARA, Mexico 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Addressing fuel poverty in higher income communities (Oxfordshire Affordable Warmth Network meeting) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Jo Hamilton and Ruth Mayne at a bi-monthly meeting (Oxford) to further knowledge and partnerships around fuel poverty in Oxfordshire.

Impact unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Behaviour change workshop (CSE) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Energy workshop for communities undertaken by Ruth Mayne and Jo Hamilton, at the Centre for Sustainable Energy, Bristol.

Section not completed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Building performance evaluation research brochure (LCBG, OISD) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Brochure on building performance evaluation studies and findings undertaken by the Low Carbon Building Group, Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, including EVALOC.

Brochure used in publicity throughout Oxford Brookes University, conferences and workshops.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Carbon mapping presentation at Council meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Matt Gregg to members and staff of Kirklees Council of carbon mapping in a community meeting, Huddersfield, who asked for access and ability to use maps in future discussions both within and outside the Council.

Kirklees Council have access to the carbon maps of their area, including possible future activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Carbon mapping presentation to RSPB 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on the energy use in Hook Norton, including financial viability of future action, and recommendations. Prompted discussions and questions on what could be done next.

Section not completed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Carbon mapping workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Set of four presentations to members of the low carbon community groups, as well as local interested professional parties, on carbon mapping and thermal imaging surveys. The presentations sparked a lot of questions and discussion afterwards on how to retrofit/recommendations and how to best visualise energy use for public viewing. Undertaken by Rajat Gupta, Matt Gregg, Tara Hipwood and Laura Barnfield.

Feedback from the events indicated that people went home with renewed enthusiasm to undertake retrofit measures in their own home.

Talk in one community led to a further presentation being given to the RSPB's Climate Policy Team.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.evaloc.org.uk/#!5-energy-feedback-approaches/cz4y
 
Description Community Event ('And this global warming' poetry book launch) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Brought together a wider community of poets communicating climate change.

Continued to build the momentum about creativity and climate change.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Community event (Eco Gala Day) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Enabled participants to learn about local services and energy saving.

increased motivation and knowledge of participants to take action in their own communities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Community event (Green Routines exhibition) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Surveys enabled gathering of feedback from visitors.

Feedback was used to increase the understanding of the community group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Community event (We're oil in this together theatre, performance and art) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Event increased awareness about energy and climate change, and motivations for further action. [Increased knowledge about managing wind farm finance]

Built the momentum for climate change awareness through creative methods.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Community event (feedback and survey of past visitors) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Enabled those involved in the eco-homes (visitors and volunteers) to reflect on their experiences.

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Community event (feedback on energy management programme) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Participants were able to reflect on their involvement.

A series of draft posters for communicating energy reduction were created.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Community event (first school play) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Increased participants knowledge and motivation to act on climate change.

Proposal for second school play at other local school.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Community event (fuel poverty) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Enabled participants to learn about local services and energy saving.

Strengthened social capital of community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Community event (fuel poverty) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Enabled participants to learn about local services and energy saving.

Strengthened social capital of community and household energy saving action.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Community event (school play) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Increased participants knowledge and motivation to act on climate change, and environmental issues in their local area.

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Display and networking/discussions with local community action groups (Social Enterprise Drinks, CAG Oxfordshire) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Poster display prompted discussions between researchers and active community action group members in terms of what could be done in the future, learnings and knowledge exchange.

Unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Display and workshop on working with university research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Display and workshop by Jo Hamilton to promote community groups working with universities for CAG Oxfordshire Skillshare, Oxford

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description EVALOC International Energy and Communities Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference on Energy and Communities with international speakers. Conference sparked much discussion afterwards, and allowed academics, practitioners and other persons interested in community energy to network and discuss past, current and future projects and ideas.

Feedback from the event demonstrated that it had been very successful in bringing together a variety of interested parties.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.evaloc.org.uk/#!evaloc-international-energy--communities-conference/c2115
 
Description EVALOC newsletter v1 Issue 1 (Spring 2012) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Research project newsletter; helped inform peers and people involved in the project of what had happened, and what was happening.

Unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.evaloc.org.uk/#!newsletter/c7et
 
Description EVALOC newsletter v1 Issue 2 (Winter 2012) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Research project newsletter; helped inform peers and people involved in the project of what had happened, and what was happening.

Unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.evaloc.org.uk/#!newsletter/c7et
 
Description EVALOC newsletter v2 Issue 1 (Summer 2013) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Research project newsletter; helped inform peers and people involved in the project of what had happened, and what was happening.

Unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.evaloc.org.uk/#!newsletter/c7et
 
Description EVALOC newsletter v2 Issue 2 (Winter 2013) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Newsletter issued to case study community groups as well as practitioners and other academics in the field of community energy and domestic energy.

Section not completed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description EVALOC newsletter v3 Issue 1 (Summer 2014) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Newsletter published online and emailed to case study community groups, practitioners and academics in the field of community energy/domestic energy use etc.

Section not completed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description EVALOC project on evaluating low carbon communities: INVITED LECTURE. Department of Energy and Climate Change, 15 April 2015, Whitehall, LONDON. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact LECTURE to Department of Energy and Climate Change
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description End of Project Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Members of the EVALOC research team from the Low Carbon Building Group, Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, Oxford Brookes University and the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford convened a conference for community stakeholders, practitioners and industry partners in the John Henry Brookes Building, Oxford Brookes University. The main aim of the day was to share and discuss the findings and messages from various elements of the EVALOC research project, as well as hear insights from the low carbon communities involved.

EVALOC researchers outlined findings on the role of community based social learning in stimulating energy and carbon reductions, the impacts and effectiveness of household energy improvements, energy feedback approaches and social network analysis. The EVALOC energy and communities toolkit (ENACT) was also unveiled, and will be developed further over the next months. After a series of question and clarification sessions, members of Middlesbrough Environment City, the Easterside Partnership and Sustainable Blacon gave short presentations on their experiences of being part of a low carbon community, and participating in EVALOC. There was very positive feedback from the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.evaloc.org.uk/#!news-final-conference/c83q
 
Description Energy Demand, Governance and Scale, in Low-Carbon Futures: contending geographies of distribution and centralisation (Geographies of Energy Transition: Security, climate and governance seminar 4, Oxford) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Eyre, N. 2011. Presentation on: Energy Demand, Governance and Scale, in Low-Carbon Futures: contending geographies of distribution and centralisation. Geographies of Energy Transition: Security, Climate, and Governance Seminar 4, Oxford.

Questions and discussion were held afterwards.

Unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Exhibit and display at public 2-day event (OUTBURST festival, Oxford) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Unknown as yet; video of the festival will be released via the Oxford Brookes website (https://www.brookes.ac.uk/outburst/)

Unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.brookes.ac.uk/outburst/
 
Description Exhibit and stall at Oxford's Big Green Day Out (part of Low Carbon Oxford week) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The stall attracted visitors interested in home retrofit ideas, and sparked discussions surrounding how to improve home energy use.

Several visitors to the stall stated that they were inspired to undertake some small practical changes, and some also said they would be investigating solar PVs etc more.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Facilitated board meeting (case study community group) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Strengthened team planning and strategy.

Prioritisation of actions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Insights from EVALOC project, evaluating low carbon communities presentation of key findings to DECC (Whitehall, London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/parliamentarians
Results and Impact The key findings were discussed with several civil servants after the main presentation, with requests for further information and discussion.

Audience requested further information and continued communication and advice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Insights from EVALOC research project on low carbon communities: INVITED LECTURE. The Scottish Government, 22 September 2015, EDINBURGH 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact LECTURE to The Scottish Government
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Interactive exhibition (A Sense of Energy, Cardiff and London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dolls house painted like a thermal image, and carbon mapping 'before' and 'after' community action prompted discussions on household energy use, future home improvements in members of public who attended exhibition.

People went away with ideas of how to improve their own homes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Keynote at EVALOC conference (EVALOC Project overview and research approach) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gupta, R. 2012. EVALOC Project overview and research approach. Opening Keynote. EVALOC International Energy & Communities Conference, 12th September 2012, Merton College, Oxford.

Section not completed. Refer to conference report.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.evaloc.org.uk/#!evaloc-international-energy--communities-conference/c2115
 
Description Lecture for Environmental Change and Management MSc (Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Mayne. R and Buell, B. 2016. Lecture on Responding to Climate Change Locally for Environmental Change and Management MSc, Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, February 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Lecture for Institute of Engineering and Technology (Moving towards low carbon and climate ready buildings) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact QAs and discussions held.

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Lecture for environmental change and management MSc 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Lecture, with discussion and questions afterwards to MSc students at Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.

Section not completed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Lecture for nature, society and environmental policy MSc 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Lecture to students at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, stimulated discussion and debate on relevant topics.

Section not completed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description PV Learning Day (school) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The workshop catalysed thinking and reflecting on how best to communicate about the solar PV panels on the school.

Contributed to the interest in doing a survey on staff and pupil attitudes and behaviour about the solar panels.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Panel presentation: Individual and Government responsibility for climate change 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Panel presentation by Ruth Mayne at the Student Hub, Trinity College, Oxford which prompted discussion and questions.

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Plenary presentation at Derbyshire Climate Change Action conference (Roles of low carbon community groups) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Mayne, R. 2013. Roles of low carbon community groups Plenary presentation. Derbyshire community climate action conference, 9th March 2013, Derbyshire Council, Middleton by Wirksworth.

Talk prompted discussion on community groups, partnerships etc afterwards.

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Presentation at BEHAVE conference (Achieving change: the role, change strategies and limits of low carbon communities) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Mayne R., Hamilton J. and Lucas K. 2013. Achieving change: the role, change strategies and limits of low carbon communities, BEHAVE Energy Conference, September 12th 2012, Helsinki.

Talk prompted further discussion within wider panel session.

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Presentation at BEHAVE conference (Here come the energy police: social networks and energy consumption) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hamilton, J. [speaker], Lucas, K., Hogan, B., Mayne, R., and Darby, S. 2014. 'Here come the energy police': social networks and energy consumption. BEHAVE Energy Conference, 3-4th September 2014, Oxford.

Presentation made within series of presentations on similar themes, open discussion held afterwards. BEHAVE conference, Oxford.

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Presentation at BEHAVE conference (Quiet revolution: impacts of low carbon communities on localised energy behaviours) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gupta, R. [presenter] and Barnfield, L. 2014. Quiet revolution: impacts of low carbon communities on localised energy behaviours. BEHAVE Energy Conference, 3-4th September 2014, Oxford.

Talk made within series of similar presentations, with open discussion with audience afterwards. BEHAVE conference, Oxford.

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Presentation at CLUES conference (Using an action research approach to evaluate the impact, effectiveness and success of Government-funded low carbon communities on localised energy behaviours) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Barnfield, L. [Presenter] and Gupta, R. 2012. Using an action research approach to evaluate the impact, effectiveness and success of Government-funded low carbon communities on localised energy behaviours. CLUES conference: Energy in the locality. 8th May 2012, UCL, London.

Talk prompted questions and discussion afterwards.

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Presentation at Carbon Innovation Programme Launch, Oxford 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Mayne, R. 2015. The big picture and how you can make a difference, presentation at Carbon Innovation Programme Launch, Said Business School, Oxford. October 2015.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentation at Confer conference (Creative processes for climate change engagement) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 19. Hamilton, J, Hinshelwood, E. 2015. Presentation on: Creative Processes for climate change engagement. Confer conference, 21st November 2015. Tavistock Centre, London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentation at ECEEE conference (Local energy governance: communities and energy efficiency policy) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Wade, J., Parag, Y and Hamilton, J. 2013. Local energy governance: communities and energy efficiency policy ECEEE Conference, 3rd-6th June 2013, France.

Talk prompted discussion and networking afterwards.

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Presentation at ECEEE conference (Scaling up local energy: the role of partnerships, networks and policy) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hamilton, J., Mayne, R., Bergman, N. and Parag, Y. 2013. Scaling up local energy: the role of partnerships, networks and policy ECEEE Conference, 3rd-6th June 2013, France.

Talk prompted discussion and networking afterwards.

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Presentation at EVALOC conference (Approaches and challenges in monitoring and evaluating low energy housing refurbishments) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gupta, R., [Speaker] Barnfield, L. and Arora, P. 2012. Approaches and challenges in monitoring and evaluating low energy housing refurbishments. EVALOC International Energy & Communities Conference, 12th September 2012, Merton College, Oxford.

Talk in part of wider panel session/workshop; promoted further discussion.

Refer to conference report.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.evaloc.org.uk/#!evaloc-international-energy--communities-conference/c2115
 
Description Presentation at Energy and People conference (Action research approach for gaining, and providing, feedback on domestic energy use to understand occupant behaviour, perceptions and expectations) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gupta, R. and Darby, S. 2011. Presentation on: Action research approach for gaining, and providing, feedback on domestic energy use to understand occupant behaviour, perceptions and expectations. Proceedings of the Energy and people: futures, complexity and challenges conference, 20-21 September 2011, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, Oxford.

Followed by interesting QA session and discussion.

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Presentation at LCCN conference (Community-council partnerships on domestic carbon reduction) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Jo Hamilton and Ruth Mayne. Talk prompted further discussions on how to achieve partnerships. Low Carbon Communities Network Conference, Oxford

Further collaboration between case study communities and local authorities discussed and promoted.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Presentation at LCCN conference (Overview of EVALOC project: community and household level research) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Rajat Gupta at the Low Carbon Communities Network Conference, Oxford.

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Presentation at PLEA conference (Evaluating the impact of low carbon communities on household energy behaviours) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gupta, R. 2013. Presentation on: Evaluating the impact of low carbon communities on household energy behaviours. PLEA Sustainable Architecture for a Renewable Future Conference, 10-12th September 2013, Munich.

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Presentation at Planet under Pressure conference (Evaluating the impact, effectiveness and success of Government-funded low carbon communities on localised energy behaviours using an action research approach) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gupta, R. 2012. Presentation on: Evaluating the impact, effectiveness and success of Government funded low carbon communities on localised energy behaviours using an action research approach. Planet Under Pressure conference, 26-29th March 2012, London.

Prompted discussion and networking with variety of community energy stakeholders.

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Presentation at RCUK workshop (Evaluating low carbon communities) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Rajat Gupta and subsequent discussion with other projects funded through the RCUK energy and communities programme.

Since this workshop, EVALOC researchers have participated in several shared workshops with the Energy and Communities research projects, and most notably a public exhibition led by Cardiff University and Goldsmiths.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Presentation at RGS conference (Developing action research with DECC funded energy communities in the UK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hamilton, J., Lucas, K. and Mayne, R. 2012. Presentation on: Developing action research with DECC funded energy communities in the UK. Royal Geographical Society Conference, 5th July 2012, Edinburgh.

Discussions with professional practitioners, and publicity for the EVALOC project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Presentation at RGS-IBG conference (Creative approaches to energy in a community context) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hamilton, J., [Presenter] Hinshelwood, E., [Presenter] Lucas, K. 2014. Creative Approaches to energy in a community context. RGS-IBG Annual conference, 27-29th August 2014, Royal Geographical Society, London.

Presentation initiated questions and discussion afterwards.

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Presentation at Radical Emissions conference (Scaling up local action) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Mayne, R. and Hamilton, J. 2013. Scaling up local action Radical Emissions Reduction Conference, 10-11th December 2013, Royal Society, London.

Presentation within wider panel of talks, prompting discussion with audience and other presenters.

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Presentation at Retrofit Live conference (Evaluation of community-led energy retrofits in low-carbon communities) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gupta, R. 2014. Evaluation of community-led energy retrofits in low-carbon communities. Retrofit Live Conference, 9-10th April 2014, Stoke-on-Trent.

QAs and discussion after presentation.

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentation at RetrofitLive conference (Insights from EVALOC project) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Gupta, R. 2015. Presentation on: Insights from EVALOC project, evaluating low carbon communities at Retrofit Live, 30th April 2015, Stoke-on-Trent.

Discussion and QA session afterwards triggered interesting discussion about retrofit measures, and possible influence of community-scale retrofits.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentation at conference organised by Sustainable Places Division of Welsh Government (Low Carbon West Oxford - a case study of integrated working) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Mayne, R. 2012. Low Carbon West Oxford - as a case study of integrated working. Working together: urban communities as sustainable places, 26th March 2012. Sustainable Places Division, Welsh Government and Cardiff University, Cardiff.

The talk was part of the Working Together: urban communities as sustainable communities conference, Cardiff and was organised by the Sustainable Places Division of Welsh Government.

The event stimulated proposals for improving national policy, and understand the practical role that research can take in community projects.

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Presentation at workshop (Creative approaches to energy in a community context) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Jo Hamilton, Emily Hinshelwood and Karen Lucas to the Environment and Sustainability Group, University of Essex, Essex.

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Presentation at workshop (EVALOC: Evaluating impact, effectiveness and success of low carbon communities on localised energy behaviours) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference presentation by Rajat Gupta at Big Green Week, Bristol (Energised Communities: Research in Practice)

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Presentation at workshop (The Future of Community Energy: challenges and solutions) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Supergen HiDEF workshop in London, with workshop discussions on variety of topics related to community energy. Jo Hamilton presented.

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Presentation for SBCC conference (Unravelling the unintended consequences of home energy improvements: emerging findings from the EVALOC project) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 12. Gupta, R. and Barnfield, L. 2013. Presentation on: Unravelling the unintended consequences of home energy improvements: emerging findings from the EVALOC project. Sustainable Building and Construction Conference, 3-5th July 2013, Coventry.

The authors were asked to submit a paper for an academic journal following the presentation, and based on the submitted conference paper.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Presentation to DECC (EVALOC: Evaluating low carbon communities) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation given by Rajat Gupta to DECC's Community Energy Strategy Group, Whitehall, London. Prompted discussion of importance of M&E in terms of understanding effectiveness and impacts of Government funding, and community energy projects.

EVALOC included as case study in first UK national community energy strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Presentation to DECC meeting regarding Community Energy Strategy (Insights from EVALOC) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation by Rajat Gupta at meeting on DECC's Community Energy Strategy, Whitehall, London

Further meetings were attended, and EVALOC was used as an example of research MandE 'good practice' in the first national Community Energy Strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Professorial lecture (Evaluating the performance of low carbon buildings and communtiies: how far, how much?) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Discussions held afterwards.

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description REF impact case study (DECoRuM model: research on carbon counting and climate change adaptation) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Shared learning event (Community & local authority partnerships for local energy reduction) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Low Carbon Communities learnt about each other's approaches.

Participants appreciated the opportunity to learn from different sectors (e.g. Local Authority, Community Group, partnerships) and reflect on the merits of the contrasting approaches to local enegy reduction.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Shared learning event (carbon reduction in communities of economic disadvantage) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Enabled LCCs to learn from each other.

One LCC implements area wide approach in deprived area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Shared learning event (community loan schemes) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Enabled other LCCs to learn from Hook Nortons experience of loan schemes.

Increased motivation and knowledge of participants to take action in their own communities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Shared learning event (creativity and climate change) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Brought together over 30 arts and community practitioners to share learning and action about creativity and climate change.

Participants left with increased skills and ideas to put into action, one group planned their Green Routines exhibition resulting from involvement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Shared learning event (fuel poverty) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Brought together a cross section of people involved in fuel poverty across a variety of different sectors (Community, local authority, health, university).

Report was useful for local agencies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Shared learning event (visit to wind farm) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Enabled members of LCC to learn about community consultation methods and strategies to deal with conflict.

Clarified team's decision making about windfarm.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Submission to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on Community Energy Call for Evidence 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/parliamentarians
Results and Impact Submission to Call for Evidence by DECC on the Community Energy Strategy

EVALOC was included in National Community Energy Strategy as case study to emphasise importance of monitoring and evaluating community energy projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.evaloc.org.uk/#!working-papers/c1xlh
 
Description Talk (Overview of community and energy research at ECI) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk given by Jo Hamilton at CAG Oxfordshire Network evening, Oxford, and prompted discussion around community energy projects research with practitioners and the public.

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Talk at ESRC Research Seminar Series (Climate justice: the distribution of responsibilities, costs and benefits for residential carbon reduction in the UK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Talk/workshop at the ESRC Research Seminar Series on the Green Economy. Undertaken by Ruth Mayne, Tina Fawcett and Karen Lucas.

Impacts unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Workshop (Monitoring frameworks for low carbon communities) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation by Jo Hamilton and Ruth Mayne at a workshop for the Transition Movement on monitoring and evaluation, Transition Initiative and Durham University, Bristol.

Further work and collaboration between researchers and Transition Network set up.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Workshop on 'Community-council energy partnerships' (LCCN annual conference, Oxford) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop on 'Community-council energy partnerships' led by Jo Hamilton and Ruth Mayne at the Low Carbon Communities Network annual conference, January 2012. The workshop helped to facilitate shared learning (between Low Carbon Communities) about council-community partnership approaches/strategies to household energy reduction/generation interventions with both the 'able to pay' and low income/fuel poor households.
It also helped Low Carbon Communities clarify the roles and responsibilities of different actors on domestic energy reduction, in the context of the emerging Energy Company Obligation (ECO) for fuel poor and vulnerable households, and the Green Deal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012