National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) Interim Monitoring and Evaluation Report

Meanu Bajwa-Patel, Toa Giroletti, Ecem Karlidag-Dennis, Kayleigh Lismore

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The National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) aims to support the Government’s goal to double the proportion of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Higher Education (HE) by 2020. It aims to increase the number of students in HE from ethnic minority groups and address
the under-representation of young men from disadvantaged backgrounds by 20 percent, i.e. in the specific local areas where HE participation is low overall and lower than expected given GCSE attainment levels, in HE. The NCOP has been running since the academic year 2017 with the express purpose of boosting young HE participation rates in England’s most disadvantaged wards. The areas
identified by the Pathways consortia for the NCOP represent urban areas of Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland that correlate to the priority areas for the counties in relation to chaotic families, crime, social housing policy, and health and wellbeing. The Institute for Social Innovation and Impact (ISII), University of Northampton and the University of Leicester have been carrying out variety of different evaluation activities to assess the social impact of the NCOP as well as analyse the data necessary for the HEFCE targets.

This report is part of the monitoring and evaluation plan and provides preliminary feedback on the outcomes of the NCOP project. In particular, in the following section we will present the theoretical framework of the project (section 2). The third section presents the monitoring process (section 3), with the inputs, the activities, and the expected outputs. The methodology utilized to evaluate the project (section 4) describes how we implemented the quantitative and qualitative evaluations. The preliminary results of both the quantitative and qualitative evaluation are presented in the data analysis section (section 5). The report ends with the conclusions (section 6), in which preliminary
answers, based on the data collection to date, to the research questions are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Commissioning bodyOffice for Students
Number of pages48
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Dec 2017


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