NCOP is being evaluated at a national level. This will assess how successfully the programme meets its aims.
We’ve commissioned the following work to contribute to the evaluation:
- A formative evaluation with reports at key points in the programme. This includes capacity building support for local consortia in developing high quality evaluation plans.
- An impact evaluation that assesses the changes resulting from NCOP interventions, by using a range of quantitative, experimental methodologies.
The evaluation report on the first year of the programme was published in March 2018.
What NCOP partnerships need to do
Partnerships will evaluate their projects on a local level, and should:
- adopt a locally determined approach as set out in their operating plans
- adapt to take account of national evaluation team recommendations
- track their individual target learners through the Higher Education Access Tracker (HEAT) or a similar mechanism.
Partnerships must also submit six-monthly monitoring returns.
We’ll use the evaluation findings to:
- provide evidence of progress and success
- support funding decisions for the programme
- refine practice at a local level.
Download the Table of key elements of the evaluation of NCOP as PDF (110 KB)