Each student is required to independently design, conduct and analyse an evaluation of an area of personal or organisational practice and present a report outlining the key findings.
This report should include:
• a rationale for the work being undertaken with reference to the available literature;
• a detailed account of the area being investigated;
• a reflection on the appropriateness of the method of investigation undertaken;
• an account of the methodologies employed including any specific regulatory requirements required to access the data; findings from the process and recommendations for practice.
Reflection within the report should not only focus on issues specific to the topic being investigated, but should also consider the wider political and contextual issues which may impact on the application of recommendations made.
The learning outcomes that are being assessed in this assessment are:
a) Critically and reflectively examine the different roles of evaluation and research, determining the rationale for the appropriate use of each within a business or organisational context
b) Exhibit an understanding of the specific governance requirements underpinning business or organisational work involving evaluation in relation to their setting
c) Challenge existing paradigms and ways of thinking in the context of current global trends
d) Critically evaluate a range of potential metrics and tools to conduct an evaluation and make a clearly argued case for selection of the most appropriate
e) Determine, design, plan and execute the selected approach to evaluation on a specific area of practice including appropriate application of ethics and governance processes required for this work
f) Develop, prepare and present an evaluation report which offers a range of recommendations which can be applied within a professional context
g) Disseminate the outcomes of an evaluation project to an appropriate audience.