Evaluation of the East Midlands Development Agency Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Programme

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Research questions

There are a number of overarching questions which it will be important for the evaluation to explore. These are detailed below.

Programme design and implementation

Learning and good practice

Outcomes and impacts

Impact and outcomes

Disseminating learning and good practice will be central to the evaluation approach. We will facilitate learning workshops within each phase of the evaluation to allow the exchange of learning and best practice in relation to both delivery and evaluation.

The research will culminate in a detailed end of evaluation report which will set out recommendations for the on-going development of STEM provision in the region and for the longer-term evaluation of emda STEM activities.

Research design and methods

The overall aims for Phase One will be to:

The overall aims for Phases Two and Three will be to:

The evaluation will utilise a mixed methods approach to appeal to the range of consultees and will be flexible in terms of using the most effective method for the target group. Data will be collected through a combination of interviews, longitudinal surveys and case study work with those involved in the programme. This is likely to include employers, young people, teachers, programme and project managers.

In addition, the evaluation will seek to draw on rather than duplicate internal evaluation data being collected at programme and project level, for example in relation to increases in attainment and in post-16/18 participation in STEM subjects and careers.

Audience(s)

The evaluation findings will be of interest to those seeking to promote the uptake of STEM subjects/employment at all levels and in all sectors, for example primary and secondary teachers, further education (FE) and HE institutions, employers.

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