What does this resource cover?
This is a resource for Careers Leaders, and their colleagues, in schools, special schools and colleges to evaluate the impact of career programmes. It guides Careers Leaders on how to approach evaluation and covers the different types of impact evidence, how to use this insight to identify successes and challenges, engage colleagues and improve quality as part of a cycle of planning, delivering and reflection. The resource signposts readers to practical off-the-shelf tools as well as to further guidance on gathering impact evidence for those with time and interest.
What is impact evaluation and why do it?
The vast majority of schools and colleges are now evaluating their careers programme using Compass. This process helps to identify progress and gaps in careers provision, which is valuable for engaging colleagues and making improvements to ensure every young person is able to find their best next step.
Impact evaluation goes a step further to find out what difference the careers programme makes to young people. Understanding the link between careers activities and outcomes for young people will help to ensure that careers programmes are high quality, effective and responsive. Often what makes a difference is not just what the activity is, but how it is delivered.
Why do it?
- To improve the effectiveness of career programmes
- To demonstrate the value of careers provision for student outcomes
- To inform continuous improvement of careers provision
These resources will support you with impact evaluation and strategic planning. Access the ‘Impact Evaluation Guidance Document’ for support with the recommended stages of impact evaluation:
There is also additional resource and support around the collection of impact evaluation data and how to write your own survey questions to collect stakeholder voices in these resources.
This is a quick reference guidance document to support Careers Leaders with collecting and reviewing impact evidence. This links with collecting and reviewing impact evidence to inform strategic careers planning and impact evaluation of careers provision.
To support Careers Leaders with impact evaluation, we have created a guidance document on ‘How to write your own survey questions’.
Developed by the team in Swindon and Wiltshire Careers Hub, this resource supports Careers Leaders with approaches to feedback and effective evaluation of their careers programme. There is a longer guide for Careers Leader available along with a shorter quick reference version.