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Performance of Regional Development Agencies


For the financial years from 2008 onwards, RDAs provide assessments of their performance over the year.

From April 2005 to March 2008, performance assessment of RDAs was comprised of two elements:

  • RDA Progress Reports  on the delivery of the Corporate Plan, comprised of six core outputs with four mandatory components, and each RDA set target ranges against these outputs in their Corporate Plans. The progress made by the RDAs in delivering against their output targets was laid before Parliament at the mid- and end-year.   Before this, from April 2002 to the end of March 2005, the RDAs' progress towards delivering the earlier output targets had been reported biannually.
  • Independent Performance Assessment of RDAs - Between October 2009 and April 2010 the National Audit Office undertook reviews of the Regional Development Agencies outside London. The assessments covered the Agencies’ performance in tackling the challenges of prioritising in response to the downturn and budget cuts, learning lessons from evaluation of their previous activity to improve the effectiveness of their future intervention and bringing about continuous improvement in their processes. The reports are available via the NAO website: