Advance HE’s sixth Research Insight provides equality and diversity practitioners with a useful example of how to evaluate the impact of a programme or intervention, by employing a repeated-measures design.
The Research Insight was written by Dr Amanda Aldercotte, Head of Knowledge and Research at Advance HE. It evaluates whether the ‘Achieving Race Equality in Higher Education’ programme is effective in improving participants’ familiarity with terms related to race equality and their confidence in engaging with race equality.
The study found that:
“On average, the participants who completed the two rounds of the survey showed significant improvements in a number of important areas, including their familiarity with terms related to race equality and their confidence in engaging with race equality.”
The programme was also linked to significant improvements in participants’ confidence in engaging with race equality, particularly with regard to taking action and moving forward. For example, participants knew what concrete steps to take to facilitate race equality in their institution, and were able to name several successful approaches to achieving race equality. Together, these improvements suggest that the programme helped make participants more able and better prepared to engage in race equality within their institution while highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of applying a repeated-measures design to equality interventions of this type.