Evaluation of the UMF Review of Assessment Project: Monthly Update, January 2019

Update of progress so far …

Focus Groups

We have now conducted four focus groups since running our first group at the end of December 2018. The focus groups have, so far, provided in-depth information around staff perceptions on the impact and value of the UMF Review for undergraduate programmes. We are in the process of arranging further focus groups, as we plan to recruit a diverse sample of staff members from various programmes and positions within the University. The next stage of this research involves transcription of the audio recordings from each focus group. Transcriptions are due to be completed by the end of January 2019.

Preparation for data analysis

In preparation for the data analysis stage, I am further developing my skills with the software package, Nvivo, which we will use to analyse the qualitative focus group discussions. This will allow us to conduct deep levels of analysis and to consequently develop an understanding of the main themes that emerge within the data. In line with this, we are also looking at the quantitative data from the UMF Review survey that was previously conducted with staff members. This will allow us to provide further data to support the findings from the qualitative focus groups.        

 Study outputs

We are beginning to consider ways in which the key concepts and themes emerging from the data (as recorded by the researcher), will fit together within a coherent framework. This will form the basis of the journal paper that we are planning (and due to start drafting), in addition to internal reports for the University. I have been conducting literature searches for academic papers and theories that are in line with our research on the UMF Review and assessment practice, including innovation in assessment, and the impact of assessment on teaching and learning.

Project plans for the next month:

  • To organise and conduct the final focus groups with UoN staff members  
  • To complete transcription of the focus group discussions
  • To commence analysis of the focus group data

Thank you for reading this post.

We welcome UoN staff, who would like to support our research on the UMF Review Evaluation Project, to participate in a focus group.

The focus groups are expected to take around 1.5 hours and sessions will be based at the Waterside Campus.

If you would like to register your interest in participating in this research/attending a focus group, please email Natalie Bisal (Natalie.Bisal@northampton.ac.uk). The dates for the coming focus groups are not yet confirmed. Please contact us for further details.



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