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The evaluation framework used
The evaluation framework used in the policy strand of P2V is based on a method called RUFDATA described in a paper by Murray Saunders of Lancaster University (1). RUFDATA provides a convenient general framework to plan and develop evaluation within a collaborative project. Two evaluation sweeps have taken place so far.

The evaluation framework focuses on a number of activities to be evaluated and the evaluation in P2V is structured around the following focus points:

  1. The shared understanding of the project and the underlying concepts;
  2. The understanding and development of the methodology; 
  3. The process of identifying and formulating the issue in collaboration with other actors in the host country and communicating it to the project partners; 
  4. Identifying (on the basis of the formulated issue) and formulating (in various forms and from various sources) input on the part of project participants and members of the wider networks; 
  5. Bringing together the issue and the input through organised peer exchange to design tentative solutions to the host country issue; 
  6. Transforming the tentative solutions developed in the exchange visit into applicable policy strategies; 
  7. Interaction between the three strands (policy, schools, inspection) particularly with respect to the methodology, the evaluation and horizontal communication between strands about the work done; and 
  8. Understanding, developing and using the evaluation framework.

The first sweep of evaluation took place in June 2007 during the Lithuanian peer-exchange visit and was completed by an online questionnaire about key concepts. The evaluation involved only participants in the policy strand and covered focus points 1, 2, and 3 (see above). Amongst the recommendations resulting from the evaluation were a number of improvements to the methodology used and the workings of the project, in particular about reaching a shared understanding of the underlying concept of the project, about the formulation and communication of the issue chosen by the host country to be discussed during the visit and the provision of input from R&D about the issue.

The second evaluation sweep took place in December 2007 during the EMINENT conference and extended coverage to all participants in P2V. It addressed focus point 7: horizontal communication between the policy, schools and inspection strands. It also raised the question of possible synergies between the methods used in the three strands. The evaluation report should be available by the end of January 2008.

(1) Saunders M., Beginning an evaluation with RUFDATA: theorising a practical approach to evaluation planning, In Evaluation Volume 6 no. 1 pp 7-21

by Alan McCluskey (originally posted on the P2V Blog-Policy)

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