Research & Impact — Aimhigher West Midlands
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Aimhigher supports the Government goal of improving the social mobility and higher education progression rates of disadvantaged groups targeted within the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) and Access and Participation Plans (APP’s).

The Office for Students (OfS) outline that partnerships need to evaluate the impact of their activities and build an evidence base to establish what works. The local Aimhigher research team have employed robust approaches to evaluate the impact of activities using both quantitative and qualitative designs.

Summarised here are a number of research reports, briefings and multi-media evidence that demonstrate the impact of the local programme on young students, schools and colleges.


Evaluation Strategy


The Aimhigher evaluation strategy outlines the approach and outcomes that the partnership will employ to establish the impact of the NCOP programme including ‘what works’ and in what contexts. The strategy was recently reviewed by CFE Research and was rated as outstanding with no areas for improvement.

The strategy outlines how the partnership is employing a quasi-experiment approach to evaluate the impact of the scheme by comparing outcomes of learners that have (intervention group) and have not (comparison group) engaged. The methodology employs a matched group design and addresses many of the gaps in previous research, such as lack of comparison groups / controls and poor sampling methods.

Download a copy of the evaluation plan here.