Evaluating the impact of projects
The impact of projects funded by Ako Aotearoa is evaluated to ensure they contribute to the best possible educational outcomes for all tertiary learners.
Projects subject to evaluation
Most projects funded by Ako Aotearoa are evaluated once they have been completed. This includes projects funded through:
The evaluation process
Ako Aotearoa staff visit the project team 6, 12 and 24 months after a project has been completed. During these visits, they discuss:
- the outcomes that have been achieved from the project in light of the original project objectives
- any additional support that might be provided to maximise the impact of the project
- any future project ideas resulting from the work.
Staff at Ako Aotearoa also track responses to the project through website interaction and requests for publications.
How projects are evaluated
Ako Aotearoa’s impact evaluation framework examines a project’s impact in 4 key areas:
- how teaching and learning practices have changed
- how learners have benefitted
- how outputs from the project have been shared with the participating organisation(s) and across the tertiary sector, and
- the impact on the project team.
Why projects are evaluated
In order to achieve its vision, Ako Aotearoa needs to gain a better understanding of the sustained impact of the projects it funds.
The data collected from these evaluations is invaluable to both Ako Aotearoa and its stakeholders by giving a better understanding of:
- the impact these projects have on the teaching and learning process
- how they bring about positive organisational change, and how that change impacts on learner outcomes.
The evaluations also guide future support for project teams and help to ensure knowledge gained from the projects is appropriately disseminated.