Development of SITU: a survey to measure the impact of outreach activities

Vardy, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-7825-2270, Upton, P. and Upton, D., 2020. Development of SITU: a survey to measure the impact of outreach activities. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 22 (2), pp. 162-183. ISSN 1466-6529

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The Office for Students' (OfS) aims are clear that it wants to increase robust evidence to understand the impact of outreach activities. There are different mechanisms to collate this evidence which outreach departments can use. To support the collection of robust evidence, this paper outlines the development of Students' Intentions towards University (SITU), a survey that practitioners can use as part of evaluating outreach activities such as ad hoc events or intensive interventions. This paper outlines the four stages that were undertaken to develop SITU to ensure a reliable and valid measure was constructed. At each stage, young people (aged 13 to 18) were consulted to ensure the measure was fit for purpose. The final survey comprises 15 items and is a quick, easy-to-administer survey that practitioners can use confidently. It is proposed that the survey will provide a valid data-collection tool to measure the outcome of outreach activities and the paper will be used as a guide for outreach departments to construct their own measures. Further research is required to test the application of the measure.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning
Creators: Vardy, E., Upton, P. and Upton, D.
Publisher: Open University, Centre for Widening Participation
Date: July 2020
Volume: 22
Number: 2
ISSN: 1466-6529
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 09 Jul 2020 07:50
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2022 03:00

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