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Why Evaluate?

Why Evaluate? Lunchtime Conference Programme: Widening Participation, Evaluation and COVID 19

Lunchtime sessions Wednesday 13 May - Tuesday 2 June 2020

Villiers Park Educational Trust are delighted to host "Why Evaluate?" - a free virtual ‘lunchtime’ conference programme, which will bring together anyone with an interest in how evaluation can support better, more impactful outreach and widening participation activities. The conference includes a range of keynotes, presentations, panel discussion and workshops from a range of sector-experts during a series of lunchtime sessions.

Sessions will take place via video conference between 12.00 - 1.00pm each day, and discussion will be supported by online chat software. The programme is available to download, and you can book on to as many of the sessions as you’d like to attend via the online registration form.

You will be sent links to join each session a day or so before it is due to take place to the email address you include on the registration form.

Why Evaluate? Virtual Conference. Widening Participation, Evaluation and COVID 19

Week one

Wednesday 13 May

12.00 - 1.00 Keynote: Broadening approaches to impact evaluation

Professor Chris Fox (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Friday 15 May

12.00 - 1.00 Panel Discussion: The implications of COVID 19 on outreach evaluation

Chair: Sir Les Ebdon

Rich Shiner (Office for Students)
Professor Colin McCaig (Sheffield Hallam University)
Joanne Moore (Researcher and Evaluator)

Week 2

Monday 18 May

12.00 - 1.00 Everything’s Broken - COVID 19, learning from failure, and the importance of reflexive practice

Chris Bayes (University of Lancaster)
Gino Graziano (University of Southampton)
Julian Crockford (Villiers Park)

Tuesday 19 May

12.00 - 1.00 Panel Discussion: Practical and ethical challenges raised by COVID 19 for outreach evaluation

Chair: Beth Issacs (Office for Students)

Greg Brown (HEPPSY)

Annette Hayton (NERUPI)

Lucy Clague (Sheffield Hallam University)

Rae Tooth (Villiers Park) 

Wednesday 20 May

12.00 - 1.00 Data Driven Practice: Making data meaningful

Matt Short (Southern Universities Network)

Thursday 21 May

12.00 - 1.00 Using qualitative visual methods to evaluate and evidence the impact of Widening Participation (WP) initiatives

Dr Jon Rainford (University of Bedfordshire)
Dr Samantha Child (Oxford Brookes University)

Friday 22 May

12.00 - 1.00 Coming Out the Other Side: Reflections on a mixed methods WP evaluation

Dr Rachel Spacey (University of Lincoln)
Rebecca Sanderson (University of Lincoln)

Week 3

Tuesday 26 May

12.00 - 1.00 Realistic practice and robust evidence in WP: quasi-experimental designs

Dr Sonia Ille (University of Cambridge)

Thursday 28 May

12.00 - 1.00 Confidence and Cooperation - putting possible selves to work

Catherine Brentnall (Ready Unlimited)
Jakob Werdelin (Werdelin Education)

Tuesday 2 June

12.00 - 1.00 Mixed methods response to OfS new requirement for Access and Participation Plans

Jo Astley (University of Derby)
Dan West (University of Derby)
Anna Davey (DANCOP)


If you have any questions about the conference or would like any further information, please contact

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