Accessing and assessing appropriate widening participation data: an exploration of how data are used and by whom

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When attempting to use data to inform practice and policy, the availability, accuracy and relevance of that data are paramount. This article maps the range of users interested in data relating to the UK widening participation (WP) agenda. It explores some challenges associated with identifying, defining, obtaining and using data to inform decisions about targeting and monitoring WP initiatives associated with student access, achievement and progression. It considers the pragmatic and strategic response by different users of institutional WP data within the UK. [The authors] use examples...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Participation; Equity; Statistics; Evaluation; Outcomes; Policy

Keywords: Data analysis; Data collecting; Access to education and training; Achievement; Program evaluation; Outcomes of education and training; Policy formation

Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2017

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Journal volume: 39

Journal number: 2

Journal date: July 2017

Pages: pp. 214-233

ISSN: 0158-037X, 1470-126X (online)

Special issue: 'Advancing theory and research in widening participation', guest edited by Ellen Boeren and Nalita James.

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 128.682

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