Independent Evaluation of the Social Work and Social Policy Subject Centre (2004)

Contact: David James

Sponsor: Learning and Teaching Support Network (LTSN ) (Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), Department of Education Northern Ireland.

This Subject Centre evaluation had an emphasis on the establishment of relationships and communications between individuals and groups and looked at how successful the activities, processes and outputs of the Centre were in realising its aims. The evaluation included a focus on the nature and scope of support for teachers and for the dissemination of activities, products and 'deliverables' over each of the first five years of operation, up to 2004. 

The evaluation was a key source of independent advice for shaping the direction of the Subject Centre. It made use of interviews, observation, telephone surveys, postal questionnaires, email questionnaires and documentary sources. Annual reports were presented to the Centre’s Steering Group and to the funding council. Following this work, Professor James was invited to contribute to two LTSN national conferences and to take part in the selection process for bids submitted for the national evaluation of the Learning and Teaching Support Network.

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