NCOP is being evaluated at a national level to assess how successfully the programme meets its aims, in addition to local partnership evaluation.
We'll use evidence from the evaluation to understand:
- whether NCOP is working
- how well it's working
- who it's working for.
We'll use this information to support our funding decisions and refine practice at a local level.
The evaluation is made up of a number of key elements:
External national evaluation
We've commissioned CFE Research to undertake an impact evaluation assessing the changes that have resulted from NCOP interventions.
This will use a range of quantitative, experimental methodologies and include a review of the evidence from partnerships' local evaluations with reports at key points in the programme.
We will also work with external evaluators to conduct a formative evaluation of NCOP.
OfS national evaluation
We will undertake:
- quantitative analysis using national administrative data sets to assess:
- key stage 4 and 5 behavioural change
- numbers of entrants to higher education
- ongoing monitoring and governance of partnerships, including account management and monitoring of biannual financial returns and operating plans.
Partnership local evaluation
Partnerships will undertake:
- longitudinal tracking of NCOP target learners at local and national level to evaluate the impact of particular interventions
- local evaluation of their activities, supported by a team of evaluation experts led by the University of Exeter’s Centre for Social Mobility. The evaluation capability building team will help partnerships tackle evaluation challenges together and develop a legacy of evaluation resources. Read more about this new team.
CFE Research published an evaluation report on the first year of the programme in March 2018.