The consortium is very serious about evaluating its own work and delivering the intended outcomes. Therefore, an entire Work Package has been dedicated to “Evaluation and Quality Control” running throughout the project period. As a user-led organisation, IARS has put together a plan that is aligned with the youth-led and user-led philosophy, while maintaining high academic standards.
In particular, an Evaluation Plan has been developed along with A Theory of Change indicating clear building blocks and targets. Specific internal and external evaluation tools will be utilized to assess project results, namely:
- The Academic and Ethics Board comprised of 22 international experts.
- The Youth Advisory Board comprised of 8 young people from diverse backgrounds trained to scrutinise, monitor and evaluate all IARS projects.
- The Women’s Advisory Board comprised of marginalised women.
- The Buckinghamshire New University Ethics Committee comprised of high profile academics.
It is important that in addition to its own internal evaluation methods, YEIP engages with external evaluation routes. To this end:
- YEIP is registered with the EU funded IMPACT project and Evaluation Toolkit
- IARS will commission an external evaluation looking at the project’s methodology, outputs, outcomes, results and impact and advising on sustainability.
Ethics review and human rights
An Ethics Committee was formed to ensure that the consortium follows the ethical principles and practices of the work plan as well human rights as these are protected under the European Convention on Human Rights. The Ethics Committee also examines and responds to any ethical queries that arise during the course of the research and review research ethics applications when primary research involves vulnerable individuals. It is also responsible for monitoring and assessing the societal impact of the research, and provide initial findings for management reports.
Theory of Change
A Theory of Change (ToC) Model has been constructed for this project using the building blocks required to bring about our long-term goal. Through regular monitoring of this model the partnership will have the context for considering the connections between the project mission, strategies and actual outcomes, whilst creating links between who is being served, the strategies or activities that are being implemented, and the desired outcomes. Our ToC is a “pathway of change” representation of the projects progress and can be accessed below.