AffiliationUniversity of Derby
East Midlands Widening Participation Research and Evaluation Partnership
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AbstractThis chapter will outline the University of Derby’s response to that APP requirement of evidence-based practice to address the inequitable HE outcomes of under-represented groups. It will firstly share the University’s current evaluation practices concerning access, in which the East Midlands Widening Participation Research and Evaluation Partnership (EMWPREP) plays such a key role. It will then move on to demonstrate how the University has utilised Theory of Change to embed evidence-based practice across the whole student lifecycle, and discuss the methods and methodologies that will be adopted within a new framework to evaluate interventions, and identify new areas for research. The chapter concludes by reflecting on key areas of focus required by the University through the 2019-2020 academic year, in order for the institution to be well equipped to meet its APP reporting requirements when the first monitoring return is due in spring 2022. It will also reflect on the challenges that the institution faces (as well as the sector as a whole), in order to fulfil OfS expectations.
CitationAstley, J., and Church, E., (2021). 'Times they are a changing: evaluating interventions in a new era'. In Broadhead, S., Butcher, J., Davison, E., Fowle, W., Hill, M., Martin, L., Mckendry, S., Norton, F., Raven, N., Sanderson, B., and Williams, S.W. (Eds.). 'Delivering the Public Good of Higher Education: Widening Participation, Place and Lifelong Learning'. Peterborough: FACE, pp. 69-90.
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