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dc.contributor.authorMountford-Zimdars, A
dc.contributor.authorMoore, J
dc.contributor.authorShiner, R
dc.date.accessioned2020-07-03T14:14:22Z
dc.date.issued2020-07-01
dc.description.abstractThe ultimate goal of widening participation work, that unites policy makers, practitioners and academics, is to enhance outcomes for disadvantaged students in HE access, success and outcomes. This article presents the Office for Students (OfS) commissioned project ‘Understanding effective evaluation of the impact of outreach interventions on access to higher education: Phase Two’. This project sought to create a step-change in robustness of evidence used and evaluation practices. Our 2017-19 project explored evaluation practices among nine partner organisations drawn from higher education providers (HEPs) and third sector partners. The initial aim was to pilot test the Standards of Evidence developed during Phase One research, to share practices that work and highlight examples of best practice. As the project developed, a further outcome of the project was envisaged through ongoing discussions between the OfS, academics, HEPs and third-sector parties: a self-assessment tool for evaluation practitioners. This tool provides a framework and guidance which allows practitioners to map their own evaluation approaches. Through using prompts, the five dimensions of the tool highlight strengths and weaknesses of evaluation within five domains (strategic context, programme design, evaluation design, evaluation design and learning). This new tool is in effect a five point framework setting guidance about good evaluation practice. It was rolled out to all HEPs in spring 2019 when providers were invited to return the completed tool and their reflection as part of their Access and Participation planning.en_GB
dc.description.sponsorshipOffice for Fair Access (OFFA)en_GB
dc.identifier.citationVol. 22 (2), pp. 44-66en_GB
dc.identifier.doi10.5456/WPLL.22.2.44
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10871/121771
dc.language.isoenen_GB
dc.publisherOpen Universityen_GB
dc.rights.embargoreasonUnder embargo until 1 January 2022 in compliance with publisher policyen_GB
dc.rights© 2020 Open University
dc.subjectFrameworken_GB
dc.subjectaction researchen_GB
dc.subjectcollaborative researchen_GB
dc.subjectco-creationen_GB
dc.subjectevaluation dimensionsen_GB
dc.titleEnhancing Widening Participation Evaluation through the development of a self-assessment tool for practitioners: Learning from the Standards of Evaluation Practice (Phase 2) project 2017-2019en_GB
dc.typeArticleen_GB
dc.date.available2020-07-03T14:14:22Z
dc.descriptionThis is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from the Open University via the DOI in this recorden_GB
dc.identifier.eissn2045-2713
dc.identifier.journalWidening Participation and Lifelong Learningen_GB
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exeter.funder::Office for Fair Access (OFFA)en_GB
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2020-07-01
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_GB
refterms.dateFCD2020-07-03T14:12:02Z
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