Evaluation is embedded throughout CAPE from internal monitoring of our mechanisms to develop our processes iteratively, to our national evaluation of the programme through our partners at Transforming Evidence.
CAPE sharing sessions
We hold quarterly sessions on each of our mechanisms: policy fellowships, knowledge exchange events, seed funding, and training, to discuss our learning with the sector.
Anyone with an interest in academic-policy engagement mechanisms is welcome to attend these sessions. Please get in touch with [email protected] for more information.
Evaluation workstream – Transforming Evidence
CAPE has an embedded workstream within our programme run by Transforming Evidence. The evaluation seeks to address the overarching question: ‘What are the most promising approaches to support effective and ethical university-policy engagement?’
Transforming evidence are evaluating a range of activities undertaken in CAPE partner institutions, to understand what works in different contexts and across a range of policy levels. The evaluation will explore:
- Impact upon policy stakeholders and policy
- Impact upon academics and researchers
- Mechanisms by which engagement is best achieved
- The extent to which broad and diverse engagement is enabled
- Sustainability and adaptability
- Replicability and scalability of interventions
The findings will help us to understand which interventions lead to what type of effects, under which circumstances, to improve the extent and quality of academic-policy engagement, and to inform the development of new approaches.