Te Aromātai Kaupapa
Project evaluation is an important part of what we do at Ako Aotearoa.
We're an organisation committed to improving teaching and learning within the tertiary sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.
We want to know what works and why and to understand the difference we make through our professional development initiatives and the projects we co-fund.
Our goal is to share that knowledge widely for the benefit of the entire tertiary education system and to use the evidence generated to achieve lasting, positive change within the sector.
As a result, we use an Impact Evaluation Framework to assess all Ako Aotearoa professional development initiatives and co-funded projects.
Impact Evaluation Framework - Te Tīrewa Aromātai Hua
The Impact Evaluation Framework, implemented in 2012, assesses projects according to the following four key areas:
- Reach (generation and dissemination of project outputs).
- Impact on teaching practice.
- Impact on learners.
- Impact on the project teams themselves.
Our evaluation process - Tā Mātou Tukanga Aromātai
Our evaluation process starts with face-to-face interviews with project teams at six, 12 and 24 month intervals after a project has finished.
Next, we use the information to write a project story that summarises the key achievements of the project and any further follow up required.
The project stories help us, our funders and any co-funding organisations learn more about the outcomes achieved within the participating organisations and the wider sector.
The stories also give us a way to raise awareness of the evidence-based ways of working that make a difference for learners.
Benefits of evaluation - Ngā Painga o te Aromātai
We see the evaluation process as an opportunity to measure results, identify any necessary follow up work and assess the return-on-investment for funders.
Evaluation gives us an opportunity to better understand our role and how we can support co-funded projects in the future.