Lessner Lištiaková, I. & Preece, D. (2020) Evaluation methodology for development projects. University of Northampton Annual Research Conference, 12 June 2020.

Abstract. Erasmus+ transnational projects offer opportunities to develop innovative teaching programmes and sharing good practice. Though building in evaluation is not mandatory, positive experience from UoN’s ESIPP and ASD-EAST projects strongly supports its inclusion. Embedding rigorous evaluation within practical development projects enhances the quality of the proposal, supports effective implementation of the developed product, ensures trustworthy evaluation of outcomes, provides systematic capturing of impact, creates evidence of purposeful research, enhances your research profile and produces publication opportunities. We discuss the benefits and challenges of a mixed methods process and outcome evaluation methodology in a project developing teacher education in autism for teachers. This comprised preliminary mapping, via survey and focus groups, of knowledge, confidence and training needs before developing the training curriculum and programme; pre-training, post training and follow up data collection from training participants; and post-training focus groups of trainers.

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