To strengthen the evidence on the impact of The National Lottery Community Fund’s investment the evaluation team are gathering data from other parts of the country not receiving funding from the Fulfilling Lives programme. These areas form the ‘counterfactual’ group. The counterfactual areas provide a comparison against which we can measure the impact the funding has had. The counterfactual areas are: Bolton, Bournemouth, Sheffield, London and Southend-on-Sea.