The Northern Ireland Executive agreed on 21 March 2011 to establish a Social Investment Fund with a budget totalling £80 million. The Fund was set up to deliver social change and aims to make life better for people living in targeted areas by reducing poverty, unemployment and physical deterioration through area based interventions delivered in partnership with communities.
The fund will now run until March 2020 and funding has been committed to 68 projects prioritised by local steering groups across 9 social investment zones.
Our report will examine:
- the structure and governance arrangements of the Fund;
- the operation of the Fund and the extent to which it represents an example of joined up working in government; and
- the performance of the Fund and outcomes for targeted communities to date.
We aim to publish our report in early 2018.