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Impact and Evaluation Strategy


AHF 2020/21 Impact Report

Our Impact Report analyses the data we gather from grant and loan recipients to understand the difference AHF funding and support makes in the development of their projects, and the difference their projects make within their communities. We use this analysis to refine and strengthen our activities to ensure we are having the greatest positive impact on the heritage-regeneration sector. Where broader lessons may be helpful to other funders and sector partners in designing their own programmes, we have picked these out in our report.


The 2020/21 Impact Report is the first report in what will become an annual series.


Click here to download our 2020/21 Impact Report.

Transforming Places Through Heritage Impact Report

2019 saw the launch of the Architectural Heritage Fund’s Transforming Places Through Heritage, a new grants programme funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with the aim of supporting charities and social enterprises to save and find new uses for historic buildings located on high streets and in town centres.  We are delighted to share this report, documenting the achievements and lessons learned from the programme’s first twelve months.

Despite the challenges of 2020 and ongoing impacts of COVID-19, the first year saw a total of 107 grant offers, totalling investment of almost £5.5 million.  From Bodmin to Berwick and Franciscan friaries to former department stores, the programme has supported a diverse range of projects and organisations. 

The challenges facing our high streets have only increased as a result of COVID-19 and we recognise the importance of increasing capacity within the heritage sector and ongoing partnership work.  A key part of the programme has been focused on capacity building, through the Heritage Development Trust Pilot (HDT) and Open High Streets events.  Four existing organisations have been supported through the HDT initiative, to help them to make a step-change in their operations and support their long-term sustainability.  Alongside this, and in partnership with Locality, Heritage Trust Network and Stir To Action, the Open High Streets programme was launched and delivered three events targeted at groups undertaking or planning to undertake a heritage regeneration project in a high street.

To see a copy of our TPTH Impact Report click here

Evaluation Strategy

Since 1976 the Architectural Heritage Fund has worked with hundreds of projects to regenerate communities across the UK through the adaptation and reuse of historic buildings. Our Evaluation Strategy came into effect from 1st April 2020 and sets out our approach to monitoring and evaluation, and how we intend to measure the impact of projects we invest in for communities across the country.

Our new Evaluation Strategy details a number of new measurements, both qualitative and quantitative, that will provide clearer and more accessible data. This data will help inform the development of our internal processes, provide reporting to funders and partners and be accessible to organisations across the sector. In summary, the Strategy sets out an approach that encompasses:

  • A logic model of Key Performance Indicators;

  • Our approach to evaluating our different programmes, including grant and loan schemes, running across the UK; and

  • The use of case studies to dive deeper into the difference that individual projects are making within their communities, impacts that can difficult to aggregate across the breadth of the projects we fund (which range from historic pools to housing uses to young peoples’ projects)

To see a copy of our Evaluation Strategy click here


Evaluation Methodology

Our Evaluation Strategy sets out how we will measure the delivery of our aims and mission, as set out in our Strategy 2020-23. Our overarching Evaluation Strategy shows our approach to:

  • Embedding monitoring of impact at organisational and programme level ;
  • Longitudinal evaluation to understand our impact on the lifecycle of projects we fund; and
  • Internal evaluation to scrutinise and improve AHF support processes.

Our Evaluation Strategy aims to develop our understanding where we have a focus and impact as an organisation, to try to make data collection as clear and straight forward for the projects that we fund, to meet the needs of external funders who fund us. 

Click here to download our Evaluation Methodology for 2020-23.