This report on Local Strategic Partnerships was commissioned by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. The evaluation shows that LSPs are making good progress in developing organisational structures and processes, but as yet there is little evidence to show that they are making a discernable difference. Some LSPs are starting to produce outcomes in terms of improvements in strategic capacity and community legitimacy.The report highlights the shortage of resources compared to the policy agenda with which they are faced. There is a warning that partnerships could fail if they are overloaded with responsibilities. LSPs are playing a significant role in the development of community leadership and the attitude of local authorities is vital in carrying this forward.
The report is available at: http://www.odpm.gov.uk/stellent/groups/odpm_localgov/documents/page/odpm_locgov_039415.pdf