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Widening Participation Evaluation Guide

Designed and delivered by Dr Karen Campbell, Consultant Researcher and Alison Browitt, Research Associate, University of Glasgow – and working collaboratively with support from  SCAPP’s Evaluation and Research Working Group –   this guide provides a practical “how to” and “What to Remember” guide, with guidance on evaluating access and widening participation (WP) initiatives, programmes and projects for practitioners engaged in Widening Access and Widening Participation activity who wish to identify the extent to which their delivery is working well, to identify any gaps for enhancement and future development of their programmes with  key stakeholders and funding bodies in mind. The evaluation guidance is placed within the Scottish WP context where the policy drivers to demonstrate evidence of impact are clear.

The guide is aimed at busy practitioners without a background in education research working in schools, colleges, universities or the third sector, and offers practical tips and key considerations to bear in mind when developing an evaluation in order to plan and conduct evaluation from the onset of their widening participation interventions, or to enhance the evaluation of existing interventions.

The guide is available in a web-based format to allow users to move to the area of interest to them rather than reading consecutively from end to end, making it easy to use and access. There are links to useful tools and resources throughout the guide.


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See also Directory of Networking and Expertise to find out how you can be part of a growing network of Widening Participation research, evaluation and practitioner professionals to develop a knowledge exchange across the communities.