Ex Post Evaluation
This ex post external evaluation study on the SOCRATES Curriculum Development projects was commissioned by the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission
EX POST EVALUATION – DRAFT FINAL VERSION OF THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS – FUNDED IN THE FRAMEWORK OF SOCRATES I AND II
This ex post external evaluation study on the SOCRATES Curriculum Development projects was commissioned by the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission to a team led by Erica Sahlin (VeraDotter Scandinavian, Sweden) and composed of Jean Gordon, Laurence Emin and Isabelle Libert (European Institute of Education and Social Policy, France), Astrid Berg (ABC dialog, Denmark) and Martin Persson (Folkuniversitetet, Sweden). Its main purpose was to provide an ex-post analysis focusing on all the Curriculum Development projects funded during the first phase of the SOCRATES Programme (application years 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999) and those funded in the first application year of the second phase of SOCRATES (2000). The evaluation aimed to analyse and assess the impacts of the CD activities and the extent to which these goals have been reached; assess the major effects on institutions, students, staff; identify, if possible, models of best practice and criteria to assist in identifying quality and innovation; and identify obstacles and, where possible, examples of solutions to overcome them. The evaluation methodologies were designed to draw on both quantitative and qualitative methods in order to address the complexity of the measure and to ensure that the overall results would be useful to the Commission in further work on curriculum development in higher education. The methodology combined five methods: quantitative data analysis; a questionnaire to project coordinators; analysis of a sample of application and final reports; Consultation Groups and an Evaluation Seminar.
Contact: Martin Persson