Great expectations: idealism and realism in access and participation evaluation

Spacey, Rachel and Sanderson, Rebecca (2021) Great expectations: idealism and realism in access and participation evaluation. In: (Re)connecting, (Re)building: Higher Education in Transformative Times 6 – 10 December 2021, 6-10 December 2021, Virtual.

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The Office for Students launch of the ‘Standards of evidence and evaluation self assessment tool’ in 2019 was a call to arms for access and participation evaluators across the Higher Education sector, but two years on, evidence of a radical transformation of evaluation practice is mixed at best. Our presentation will consider both the expectations of Access and Participation Plan (APP) evaluations and the reality. Drawing on our experiences as APP evaluation researchers at a post-1992 English university, we will reflect on some of the principles identified by Austen (2020) in the work we have undertaken so far. We will consider regulator expectations and the realities of data collection and analysis for institutional researchers. We will also explore our role as evaluation capacity builders in the creation of a Community of Practice of university colleagues whose work contributes to the APP

Keywords:Evaluation, community of practice, Institutional research, Widening participation, Access and Participation
Subjects:X Education > X290 Research and Study skills not elsewhere classified
X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:Professional services > Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute
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Deposited On:11 Feb 2022 15:43

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