Talking Futures: Evaluating your delivery 


  • How well is parental engagement in careers working now? 
  • Do parents know what information and support is available? 
  • Do they access the support? Is there a way for them to give feedback? 
  • How do parents get involved and does this reflect what they would like? 



  • Repeat the ‘before’ measures of what is and isn’t working to gauge improvement. 
  • Capture parents’ feedback about the activities they have engaged in. 
  • Embed ongoing evidence collection as you implement new activities and strategies. 


How can we gather evidence? 

Surveys and interviews can help you assess progress. 

  • Use a parental survey to capture insight before and after your programme of activities. 
  • Capture feedback on specific activities through short online surveys or paper-based feedback forms. 
  • Ask students about the support they receive from parents. 


What criteria should we measure? 

The more detailed evidence you can gather the better. Include as many of these criteria as possible: 

  • Reach: How many parents participated, from which parent groups?  Are there some groups of parents who don’t engage and can you understand why? 
  • Engagement: How did parents respond to the activity? Were they engaged and active participants? 
  • Outcomes: What did participants learn? How do they intend to use the information to impact on their child’s decision making? 
  • Improvements: What changes would participants like to see and how would these help? 

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