D2 - Supporting researcher development: Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge approaches to using the Impact Framework as a tool for practical evaluation and programme development
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Ms Natacha Wilson - Evaluation Associate and a project lead at Personal and Professional Development (PPD), University of Cambridge
Ms Katie Anders - Consultant, Postdoc Development Centre (PDC), Imperial College London
The workshop included the following two parts:
1. A short, interactive presentation of the Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge evaluation studies. This included:
- an overview of what the Impact Framework is, and how it informed the evaluation studies at Imperial and Cambridge
- an exploration of the key benefits and challenges of using the Impact Framework to evaluate researcher development programmes
- key findings from the evaluation studies, and how these can feed into future programme development
- whole group discussion to elicit and share views and experiences of participants who have initiated/conducted evaluative studies at their institutions, or are thinking of doing so.
2. An interactive session of small group discussions and whole group feedback:
- small group sessions where participants identified possibilities for conducting evaluation at their institutions
- whole group feedback session, where strategies were shared and good practices identified and discussed within the small group sessions.
- gained insight from Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge on approaches to using the Impact Framework to evaluate postgraduate and postdoctoral development programmes
- explored the wider role of evaluation in shaping future researcher development activities
- identified ways of evaluating provision across institutions
- became part of a network / forum for sharing experiences and good practice. Participants were asked to bring any examples of service evaluation conducted at their institutions for comparison.
Presentation/small group discussion/whole group feedback.