Evaluate

Evaluate

Measuring Impact

Although we have placed ‘Evaluate’ as a final stage in the process, ideally you will be evaluating throughout the creation of your programme as well as after. Evaluating your programme means assessing the impact of the activity on its participants, measured against its intended outcomes. This provides useful insight into how it has worked from the point of view of all stakeholders including teachers, students and your employees, allowing you to build and adapt the programme for future interventions.

Feedback

Listening to Others

Gathering feedback from students, schools and colleges, as well as your employees will give invaluable insight on how any work experience programme is received. Student feedback will help you understand what they have learned. Hearing more from the schools/colleges you work with will help you understand if you have been successful in helping them to meet their objectives. Any members of your staff that have been involved may provide you with some interesting ideas for a future programme.

“Was amazing, definitely considering nursing more. Thank you so much!”

– Introduction to Nursing attendee

Resources

  • Gathering Feedback and Learnings from Activities

    Gathering Feedback and Learnings from Activities

    The Careers & Enterprise Company
    A useful document that will take you through how to gather meaningful feedback.
  • Feedback from one of the student attendee's parents

    Feedback from one of the student attendee's parents

    Shared by Dorset CCG NHS
    Feedback is vital for employers to measure the success of their virtual work experience programmes. Read what one parent thought about the event their student attended.
  • Feedback following a Virtual Work Experience Programme

    Feedback following a Virtual Work Experience Programme

    Shared by IGD
    The view of a student who has participated in work experience.
  • Employer Evaluation: Feedback form for Students

    Employer Evaluation: Feedback form for Students

    Shared by West of England Cornerstone Group
    Use this template to help create your own feedback form following delivery of any work with young people.
  • Building Lives: Work Experience Feedback

    Building Lives: Work Experience Feedback

    Shared by Willmott Dixon
    A useful list of questions for gaining feedback following the experience of your workplace.

Analysis

Learning and Improving

Thinking systematically about your virtual or blended work experience programme will help to explain why it was a success, or not. This process should help you draw a conclusion about what was learned and what could be done differently. It will form the basis of an action plan for the future. Key when thinking about making any changes in response to the evolving pandemic situation in the coming months and years.

“It is important to capture all aspects of the impact participation in your programme has on young people – engagement, enjoyment and learning.”

– From a Virtual Work Experience Working Group

Resources

Deliver & Iterate

Deliver & Iterate

Shared by Accenture and Movement to Work
Some tips on measuring success criteria, evaluating and iterating.
Surveys as an evaluation tool

Surveys as an evaluation tool

Shared by Engineering UK
Engineering UK has produced a helpful guide that explores how surveys can be used as an evaluation tool and give some great examples you can try.

End of the Programme Report

Summarise and celebrate your findings.

With the wealth of information and insight you have gained, you will have the basis to create a great report to share with stakeholders, marketing tools to raise awareness and form a toolkit for giving experiences of your workplace in the future.

Resources

  • Final Report: Virtual Work Experience Evaluation

    Final Report: Virtual Work Experience Evaluation

    Shared by Cornwall Museums Partnership
    This report shares insights into how employers value virtual and non-virtual experiences of the workplace.
  •  Independent Evaluation Report

    Independent Evaluation Report

    Shared by EDF Energy
    This report explores the impact work experience has and raises awareness of developing a pipeline of young people who are looking to secure future long-term employment.
  • Virtual Work Experience Programme Highlights

    Virtual Work Experience Programme Highlights

    Shared by Dorset NHS Trust
    Be inspired by the creatively presented key insights from the 2020 Dorset NHS Trust’s Virtual Work Experience Programme.
  • What Do Attendees Think of Their Virtual Experience?

    What Do Attendees Think of Their Virtual Experience?

    Shared by Dorset NHS
    Find out how much young people value virtual work experience and how it’s helped them to find more direction in their career.