Education Support Grants programme Impact Evaluation
The information sheet sets out the aims of the project evaluation and your role in it if you decide to participate.
1. Why have I been asked to take part?
You recently received a routine request from Education Support to provide feedback on the Education Support grants programme. This contained a request for participation in this independent evaluation and a link to this web page.
Following a link to this page does not oblige you to take part, and if you do decide to participate in the evaluation you can withdraw at any point in the process without giving a reason. We can also remove any evaluation data we collect from our records on request. No personal information about your usage of the grants programme is shared with us.
2. What is being evaluated and why?
Education Support works to support and improve the mental health and wellbeing of teachers and education staff. Their grants programme forms an important component of their charitable offer.
Education Support would like to improve their understanding of the impact on education staff who receive financial support from them. The intention is to inform future decision-making and development work at Education Support, so that they can continue to provide the most valuable support to the education sector. They also wish to be able to communicate the benefits of the grants programme more effectively.
The Institute for Employment Studies (IES) has been contracted to lead the evaluation. IES is an independent, international centre of research and consultancy in education, public employment policy and organisational human resource management. You can find more information about IES here.
The evaluation is planned to run until spring 2024.
3. What will the evaluation do?
IES will conduct a mixed methods evaluation to investigate health, wellbeing, and employment outcomes using the methodologies listed below. Participation is entirely voluntary.
IES will administer a survey in two waves, to capture outcomes of accessing a grant at the following approximate time points:
■ This survey represents the first wave;
■ Approximately 7-8 eight weeks from now;
Any other applications to the grants programme will not affect the timing of the surveys.
The focus of our survey is on your wellbeing and whether receiving a grant from Education Support has influenced this. Other topics covered by the survey include:
■ reasons for applying,
■ satisfaction with the service,
■ knowledge of other forms of support,
■ effects on mental outlook
■ working life, workplace relationships and career intentions or changes.
■ impacts on work-life balance and personal circumstances,
To track changes over time, some items will be included in every survey wave. IES is administering each survey online via SNAP with automated reminders. All personal data will be collected and stored securely.
IES will conduct 10 semi-structured research interviews to explore the survey themes in depth, allowing exploration of each individual’s specific experiences. A representative sample for interview will be selected from survey respondents who volunteer for this.
Reporting and synthesis
IES will synthesise findings from the above data-gathering activities and report these thematically. We will set out conclusions to inform Education Support on the impact they are making through their grants programme and also include actionable recommendations for future delivery. We will not report anything that identifies you or your school.
4. How will my data be shared and used?
■ All data collected for the purpose of the evaluation will be treated with the strictest confidence and will be transferred securely and saved in secure locations only accessible by the project team in line with GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018.
■ Education Support is the data controller for the information collected for the evaluation and are therefore responsible for how the data is used and stored. IES is a data processor and will work with Education Support to establish secure transfer of personal data.
■ The legal basis for processing data for this project is legitimate interests (IES and Education Support). Educations Support’s privacy notice can be found at https://www.educationsupport.org.uk/privacy-policy/
■ IES will not use real names or any similarly identifiable information, in any report arising from this project such as staff, school, academy or trust names.
■ IES will securely delete all personal data within six months of the project finishing.
■ If you decide to complete the linked survey please indicate in the appropriate box that you have read this information and consent to participating in the evaluation. This does not oblige you to complete subsequent surveys and you can drop out of the evaluation at any time.
■ If you require further information please contact Dr Sally Wilson, Evaluation Manager, at email@example.com
■ If you decide at any point before now and May 2024 that you would not like your data to be included in the evaluation analysis and final report please use the above contact details to instruct us of this.