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Infrastructure Investment – How you can measure and evaluate inclusive growth

April 17 @ 10:00 am - April 25 @ 3:30 pm

Are you responsible for the procurement, delivery, or evaluation of infrastructure projects? Or are you working at a strategic level to ensure infrastructure projects deliver increased benefits?

If so, then these free, online workshops will be of interest. Brought to you by economic development organisation, EDAS and infrastructure specialists the Scottish Futures Trust, these seminars will provide you with latest policy insights and give you access to new online tools to support you to evaluate the inclusive growth impacts from your infrastructure projects.

The series is launched in line with the Scottish Futures Trust’s latest inclusive growth action research which seeks to identify the impact of infrastructure and is supported by a new evaluation framework and interactive web-based dashboard. Developed and tested with live projects, the framework will help inform future infrastructure investment.

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Further information

Inclusive economic growth is vital if Scotland is to achieve its wellbeing economy ambitions, with infrastructure having a key role to play.

To support this aim, a new online evaluation framework has been developed. It will capture data over multiple years from live infrastructure projects as they move through development to being fully operational.

Over the last 18-months, the framework has been built using infrastructure projects from a wide range of sectors across Scotland, aiming to establish a cohesive framework of indicators that support local decision-making whilst enabling a better understanding of the role infrastructure plays in fostering inclusive growth.


In these learning sessions we will address:

What is inclusive growth and how does it fit within a wellbeing economy?

What is our current understanding of the role of infrastructure in inclusive growth; and how could we therefore measure it?

And, importantly, how can you use this framework to help identify and deliver on inclusive growth outcomes; embedding it within your decision-making or appraisal process?

Through the two linked workshops, you will learn how to evaluate and measure the inclusive growth of your infrastructure projects and the impact they make.


Agendas (subject to change)

Action-learning Workshop 1: “Inclusive Growth Framework – An Introduction”  Wednesday 17th April – 10:00 – 11:30

  • An introduction to inclusive growth in an infrastructure and wellbeing context.
  • How it relates to economic appraisal, business case investment decision and evaluation outputs.
  • An overview of the framework

10:00 Welcome Lynne Ward, Senior Associate Director, Infrastructure Strategy, The Scottish Futures Trust

10:05 Inclusive Growth inside a Wellbeing Economy – Polly Legrand, Senior Economic Policy Officer, Jobs and Wellbeing Economy Directorate, The Scottish Government

10:25 Why this approach? Appraisal in the Eco-system – Chris Kelly, Director, EKOS

10:45 Introducing the Framework – Katie Ferrie, Manager, Infrastructure Strategy, The Scottish Futures Trust

11:00 Inclusive Growth in Strategic Decision-Making: Facilitated Breakout Session

11:20 Feedback and Closing Remarks

11:30 Close


Action-learning Workshop 2: “Inclusive Growth Framework in Action”
Thursday 25th April – 14:00 – 15:30

  • Embedding into decision-making and delivering inclusive growth, through two project case studies.
  • Measuring Inclusive Growth, with a detailed review of the framework
  • Small group discussion

14:00 Welcome: Lynne Ward, Senior Associate Director, Infrastructure Strategy, The Scottish Futures Trust

14:05 Demonstrating the Framework, Katie Ferrie, Manager, Infrastructure Strategy, The Scottish Futures Trust & Chris Kelly, Director, EKOS

14:25 Project case studies

Stornoway Deep Water Terminal, Sally Reynolds, Business Development Executive, Stornoway Port Authority (10 minutes)

Airdrie Town Centre, Chris Bateman, Project Development Coordinator, North Lanarkshire Council (10 minutes)

14:55 Using the Dashboard: Facilitated Breakout Session

15:20  Next steps and Closing Remarks

15:30 Close


Complementary Learning Resources
Digital pack containing slide decks, recordings, and useful links.
Interactive exercise using the web-based dashboard and guidance.

Who should attend?
You will benefit from attending if you are responsible for the procurement, delivery, or evaluation of infrastructure projects or are working at a strategic level to ensure infrastructure projects deliver increased prosperity with greater equity. For example, those working in local or national government, city or regional partnerships, community wealth building, private or third sector companies.

Is there a cost?

This is a free action-learning programme supported by Scottish Futures Trust and co-produced with EDAS.

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April 17 @ 10:00 am
April 25 @ 3:30 pm