Guide for evaluating enforcement projects

A guide for food safety officers to evaluate the success of enforcement projects and any innovative approach for implementing food law. The guide includes principles of good evaluation, a checklist, sampling approaches and key considerations for officers when planning to self-evaluate.

Why evaluate?

Evaluation during and after the implementation of an initiative is important for gathering evidence that can tell you whether your project is working or did work as intended, and will:

  • shape the design of future projects
  • inform how resources have been spent
  • demonstrate the value of the work that environmental health and trading standards services carry out daily

The guide includes advice on:

  • thinking about the evaluation
  • designing the evaluation
  • monitoring and analysis
  • communicating findings
  • ethics

Case study: Derby City Council

A report giving an example of how the guide was used can be found via the ‘External sites’ link on this page. The guide was used to evaluate an alternative regulatory strategy for supporting ‘high risk’ food business to meet their regulatory duties, and prevent harmful effects to public health.

The project was developed by Derby City Council, Nottingham City Council and the Food and Drink Forum, and funded by the then Better Regulation Delivery Office (now Regulatory Delivery, part of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills).

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