Understanding our impact

The flagship iCASP programme is making a real difference within catchment management – on the environment, economy and society

Our ambition from the outset was to turn the £5m of initial funding that we received from the Natural Environment Research Council into £50m of benefits for Yorkshire.

These benefits include economic benefits such as influencing investments, identifying cost savings, generating funding; creating new products and jobs and improving the environment and resilience to climate change.
The monitoring and evaluation tools we use to monitor the impact iCASP is having in the region demonstrates that we have already surpassed our original goal – and our plan is to continue to work with partners to address catchment management issues.

We have contributed to business cases with an investment value of more than £222 million, created 10 jobs and involved at least 192 organisations.

Three examples of the kind of impact achieved by iCASP projects are:

Water Efficiency Project

Developing a policy brief to help Leeds City Council set a water efficiency standard for new homes.

Natural Flood Management Community of Practice

Creating a forum for networking, learning and disseminating best practice amongst people working on different natural flood management projects across Yorkshire.

Wortley Beck Workshop

Organising a workshop for a wide range of organisations to identify potential future improvements in the Wortley Beck catchment. Discussions were used to influence the business case which resulted in £600k towards a £5m Wyke Beck Improvement scheme alongside other improvement schemes in the catchment.

These maps show how our partnership network has grown over the past four years. The show the spatial distribution of our events and partners related to different catchments across the region.

The locations of the 48 partners directly working on iCASP projects in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, indicated by coloured dots on the map within boundaries of cities and sub-catchments in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

The wide reach of 211 stakeholder organisations which contribute to the iCASP annual events and project activities in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, again indicated by coloured orange, blue, green, red and pink dots on the map.

We use four key success measure areas to consistently monitor important activities and outputs that demonstrate the impact of our projects: value creation, science user engagement, implementation and formation of policy and practical benefits.

To know more about how we measure impact, email Dr Hebin Lin, iCASP Impact and Economic Evaluator