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Fifteen collaborative projects are making good progress with evaluating the role of Advanced Practitioners in a variety of settings spanning FE, offender learning, third sector and adult and community learning.

Our Collaborative Projects Lead, Colin Forrest has the privilege of reviewing all monthly project reports and this overview is revealing some interesting insights. Colin has identified six key themes which seem to be emerging across the 15 projects as each evaluates the role of the AP, with projects clustering around one or more themes. The themes are: 

  • Providing space for risk taking and experimenting
  • Evaluating starting points and impact assessment
  • Research and Evidence Informed
  • Virtual approaches to support collaboration and AP impact
  • Management engagement
  • Specialist contexts for APs such as maths/ English, Digital and Mental Health

We’ll share more with project leads at the project leads’ workshop on 13 December 2018. 

In the meantime a question for you to ponder….’Which theme/s is your project clustering around as it evaluates the role of the AP?’

Support for Project Leads

Webinar 1: Tackling common challenges and pitfalls in projects: Top tips and hints

Joanne Miles ran our first webinar for project leads on Wednesday 17 October. We have already shared the slides and webinar recording with you. 

Do take a look at the slides as they contain some really useful discussion questions to explore with your AP teams on topics such as:

  • Keeping focussed on project scope
  • Engaging stakeholders with next steps 
  • Planning the Impact Assessments
  • Maintaining momentum to dissemination

If you want to delve deeper do access the recording as Joanne, Joss and project leads share valuable strategies and top tips. This will be in your inbox but contact Alsion if you can’t locate it. 

‘Joanne’s point about gathering rich, granular data was really helpful as I’m already feeling swamped by the wealth of qualitative and quantitative data that’s coming through. Good to know it’s all valuable and I feel more confident to sift through it all now.’ 

Events to support project leads 

Webinar 2: Evaluating the impact of your project: Common challenges and how to address them

And if you haven’t already booked onto our second project leads’ webinar scheduled for 11 January 2019, 10.00 – 11.30 please do. 

Workshop

And I’m sure you already have it in your diary….but just in case details for our second face-to-face workshop are below. Bookings are now live.

Event: Workshop for Project Leads – Reviewing Progress and Next Steps

Date: 13 December 2018

Time: 10.00 for 10.30 – 4.00 pm

Venue: Hilton London Euston

Click here to book

Please do book your place. Places are limited. 

We will be focussing on supporting you to evaluate the role of the AP, and will share with you project write up templates, conference details and reporting requirements in anticipation of wider dissemination. 

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