Independent report

Primary Authority evaluation

A review of the effectiveness of Primary Authority.

Documents

Review of Primary Authority: quantitative surveys

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Review of Primary Authority: qualitative fieldwork with enforcing authorities

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Interim evaluation of Primary Authority: final report

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Interim evaluation of Primary Authority: research annex

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Evaluating the Primary Authority scheme

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Evaluating the Primary Authority scheme: technical appendices

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Details

This independent review of Primary Authority drew on telephone surveys of 378 businesses and 100 local authorities, and face to face interviews with 102 staff at enforcing authorities. It built on earlier reviews in 2013 and 2011, which are also provided.

Overall the research in 2015 demonstrates support for Primary Authority from both businesses and their primary authorities: 86% of businesses were satisfied or very satisfied with their partnerships, 78% of primary authorities were fairly or very satisfied with the scheme, and 90% of businesses intended to renew their Primary Authority agreements annually in the indefinite future.

General benefits indicated by businesses and primary authorities included improved compliance, improved confidence, and savings in time and money.

BEIS expert peer review

The BEIS Expert Peer Review Group for Evaluation provides an independent assessment of the methodological quality of BEIS evaluation publications.

The Review of Primary Authority 2015 was reviewed by Brian Titley and Geoff White.

Review of Primary Authority: BIS evaluation summary and peer review (PDF, 56.2KB, 7 pages)

Primary Authority evaluation: fire safety pilots

Published 16 August 2013