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Development Trust NI Launch New Resources

Measuring the outcomes of proposed Developments Trust NI community asset transfer
Stephen McGarry from Gauge NI recently helped Development Trusts NI launch 3 new resources: 
A Community Asset Transfer process map
An Investment Readiness Enterprise Assessment Diagnostic tool (IREAD)
The newly developed social outcomes framework for the project which Gauge designed in conjunction with DTNI.
Community Asset Transfer (CAT) involves a change in management or ownership of land and buildings from public bodies to communities. There are currently 8 CAT projects being considered in Northern Ireland. 
Gauge NI carried out a social impact forecast on three of the proposed asset transfers, looking at the social value which is likely to be created for stakeholders if the projects go ahead. The range of CAT projects are very diverse, as illustrated by the proposals that Gauge researched for Leafair Sports Complex in Derry, the former Broughshane PSNI station in Co. Antrim and the development of a business incubation hub by Resurgam Community Development Trust in Lisburn. 

Proposed Asset Transfers

Leafair Sports
It is proposed that the assets of Leafair Sports Complex are transferred from Derry City Council to Leafair Sport and Recreation Community Interest Company. This would include a grass pitch, 3G pitch, car park, pavilion and play park. 
Broughshane PSNI Station
Broughshane and District Community Association in partnership with Triangle Housing are proposing the development of ten category one housing units at the former Broughshane PSNI Station.
Resurgam Community Development Trust
The Resurgam Community Development Trust plans to create a new community based business incubation hub at a property in Lisburn. It is proposed that they take ownership of the NIHE property by way of a transfer of title at less than market value. 


Measuring the Outcomes

Community Asset Transfer can bring benefits to both parties involved in the transfer and should also bring benefit to the wider community.  By measuring the potential social outcomes of these developments, we are considering the real and tangible impact, telling the story of change they will bring to society and to the lives of the people and organisations involved.
Measuring the outcomes of the proposed asset transfers can also help build the case for decision makers for the transfer of an asset, provide a clear ‘audit trail’ for the decision, supporting accountability in managing public money and helping mitigate risks that are perceived to be associated with transferring property to the third sector.
The Social Outcomes Framework developed by Gauge identified four thematic areas for the range of outcomes proposed from CAT projects:
  • Economic development and regeneration
  • Health and care
  • Social wellbeing
  • Environmental wellbeing
Whilst there were common outcomes proposed and likely to be accrued, the need for flexibility in identifying and measuring unique outcomes is also required. The new tool developed by Gauge for and with DTNI will allow projects to measure their unique outcomes and also assist with making the social case for the project to the asset owner.
You can find out more about the CAT programme on the DTNI website
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