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Monitoring and evaluating impact

Published: 22/03/2018

This fifth short guide from the research team, part of our research and data briefing series, focusses on the different research methods that practitioners can employ to effectively evaluate the impact of their equality and diversity initiatives.

Monitoring and evaluating impact

This briefing aims to assist practitioners to design impact evaluations of their own equality and diversity initiatives, first by clarifying what is meant by the term impact, and then by identifying both the traditional and alternative methods used to measure it.

This briefing is of particular relevance to practitioners who are in the process of planning equality and diversity initiatives for their department or institution, as it covers:

  • the definition of impact and terms related to its evaluation
  • traditional approaches to evaluating impact as well as alternative methods that are particularly useful for equality and diversity research
  • the research design process and pertinent questions practitioners should address while planning their evaluation.