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The goal of Big Local is to bring about positive change in neighbourhoods. The Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham with Mandy Wilson, Creative Media and Paul Morgans (independent film maker) has won the contract to be a part of the evaluation Big Local. Working in 15 areas, the evaluation aims to capture that change, and the learning involved, for individuals, families, Big Local partnerships and the wider community. It will do so by supporting local residents to develop a range of mult-media resources which follow Big Local journeys for up to ten years and by producing a series of films, written and other materials which illustrate progress towards Big Local outcomes. The evaluation 'products' will also be useful to a wider audience of practitioners and community activists, policy makers and funders. The contract is initially for two years with the possibility of renewal - up to 10 years.

This is an exciting opportunity not only to study change in communities over a long period but also to do this using a range of digital media combined with rigorous academic research methods. For further information contact Angus McCabe, a.j.mccabe@bham.ac.uk