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Unlocking the potential of Big Local partnerships

1 Dec 2022

The role and impact of Locally Trusted Organisations

A Locally Trusted Organisation (LTO) is the organisation chosen by a Big Local partnership to administer and account for funding, and/or deliver activities or services on behalf of a partnership. LTOs are a key part of the Big Local programme.

Part of our Local Trust research paper series, this report explores the extent to which the LTO model supports resident-led decision-making and control, what LTOs need to enable this to happen, and what other groups and organisations supporting resident-led change can learn from this work.

The research, commissioned by Local Trust and carried out by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University and Shared Assets CIC, explores three questions:

  1. To what extent does the LTO model support resident-led decision-making and control?What contributes to the success of the model? What prevents LTOs from supporting resident-led decision-making and control?
  2. What do LTOs need to perform their role in a way that supports resident-led decision-making and control?
  3. What can others supporting resident-led change learn from this work?

The research was commissioned following an initial scoping paper exploring the LTO model, focusing on the roles they played within the Big Local programme, the opportunities and challenges they have faced, and how they have been supported through the programme.