The Impact London project was set up this year with the aim of supporting HEIs in conducting rigorous impact evaluation of their outreach projects. The support Impact London provides is twofold; first, it provides expertise, giving advice on study design, statistical analysis and report writing. Second, participant HEIs form a collaborative network for the sharing of best practice in impact evaluation. Eight HEIs are taking part in the project.
The first Impact London project group meeting took place on 6 October. This was a ‘hands on’ meeting in which HEIs developed their project evaluation framework. First, HEIs formulated a Theory of Change for their outreach project. This Theory of Change was then used to develop research questions for the evaluation, and HEIs explored which data they would collect as part of their evaluation. Finally, HEIs decided which study design would be most appropriate for their intervention.
Apart from the project group meeting, Impact London also has an online group for its members, in which relevant academic papers and resources are shared, as well as providing a space where members can provide each other support in their impact evaluation.