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February 2022

Tue 1

These sessions are aimed at those who are brand new to HEAT (Higher Education Access Tracker) and who will want to be added to the live database as their institution’s Operational Lead or User with all Reports. 

If you are only going to need Read Only or Read Only with Export permissions this training is not required.

This online session will address how to scope the requirements and boundaries of your evaluation in terms of purposes, questions and scaling. It will particularly explore how evaluation could be used constructively and strategically, and five potential areas that you could explore in your evaluation. This is the second step in the 6-Step Evaluation Process. The session will comprise of practical guidance, opportunities for discussion, and introduce some practical resources you can use in your own evaluation planning.

Mon 7

Surveys are a very common data collection method in Access & Participation evaluation. This session will review why they are so ubiquitous, their strengths and some common pitfalls to look out for. Great if you're new to survey design or want to refresh yourself on this method, we'll be going over some examples from recent programmes' evaluation and sharing good practice in design, collection, and analysis.

Tue 8
Evaluation Ethics new [Places] 09:30 - 11:00

This online session will explore ethical considerations and principles within evaluation and how to ensure ethical practice in your evaluation. The session will comprise of practical guidance and the opportunity to work through real ethics scenarios relating to evaluation within a group.

Fri 11
A&P Evaluation Community of Practice Drop-in Session new [Places] 10:00 - 11:00 Microsoft Teams

A drop-in session to discuss evaluation issues and topics related to Access & Participation work. Things you might want to discuss include:

  • Learn more about the Access & Participation Evaluation Community of Practice
  • Challenges in evaluation and getting the data
  • Networking
  • Evidencing projects/programmes/interventions
  • Find out more about the benefits of a theory of change
  • How to do a self-assessment on your evaluation
  • Learn more about Office for Students (OfS) regulatory requirements and guidance
  • Sounding board for plans/ideas

Or anything else A&P evaluation related!

Wed 23
Theory of Change - Part 1 new [Places] 10:00 - 11:00

This online session will cover the basics of an underpinning Theory of Change for access & participation interventions. It is linked to the Theory of Change - Part 2 session on 16th March which will focus on worked examples.

March 2022

Wed 2

These sessions are aimed at those who are brand new to HEAT (Higher Education Access Tracker) and who will want to be added to the live database as their institution’s Operational Lead or User with all Reports. 

If you are only going to need Read Only or Read Only with Export permissions this training is not required.

Reporting, Dissemination & Comms new [Places] 14:00 - 15:30

This online session will explore how to present and disseminate evaluation findings in appropriate ways for intended users, and to support wider strategic use.

Fri 11
Evaluation Methods: Focus Groups new [Places] 11:00 - 12:00

This online session will explore why and how focus groups can be a valuable method in the evaluation of access and participation, outreach and public engagement activities/interventions.

Wed 16
Theory of Change - Part 2 new [Places] 10:00 - 11:00

This online session follows on from the Theory of Change - part 1 session on 23rd February. Part 2 will be an interactive session looking at worked examples.

Wed 23
A&P Evaluation Community of Practice Drop-in Session new [Places] 10:00 - 11:00 Microsoft Teams

A drop-in session to discuss evaluation issues and topics related to Access & Participation work. Things you might want to discuss include:

  • Learn more about the Access & Participation Evaluation Community of Practice
  • Challenges in evaluation and getting the data
  • Networking
  • Evidencing projects/programmes/interventions
  • Find out more about the benefits of a theory of change
  • How to do a self-assessment on your evaluation
  • Learn more about Office for Students (OfS) regulatory requirements and guidance
  • Sounding board for plans/ideas

Or anything else A&P evaluation related!

Fri 25
Evaluation 6 Step Process new [Places] 10:30 - 12:00

An online session that will outline and explain a simple 6-step process for designing and embedding evaluation for Access & Participation interventions and programmes. The process has been developed by the Cambridge Admissions Office and is flexible enough to be applied to many A&P interventions, regardless of the student lifecycle stage in question.

Wed 30

This online session will explore the role of stakeholder analysis in programme/intervention design, evaluation planning, and reporting. It will also look at ways to undertake stakeholder analysis and stakeholder management. The session will comprise of practical guidance and opportunities for interaction.

April 2022

Thu 7

These sessions are aimed at those who are brand new to HEAT (Higher Education Access Tracker) and who will want to be added to the live database as their institution’s Operational Lead or User with all Reports. 

If you are only going to need Read Only or Read Only with Export permissions this training is not required.

May 2022

Fri 6

These sessions are aimed at those who are brand new to HEAT (Higher Education Access Tracker) and who will want to be added to the live database as their institution’s Operational Lead or User with all Reports. 

If you are only going to need Read Only or Read Only with Export permissions this training is not required.