CATALYST Programme: Evaluate

Provider: Catalysed Ltd
£30.00 (no VAT on this item) per staff interview

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Description Measuring the impact of a digital technologies initiative. The Evaluate module can measure the impact of other CATALYST modules, or be used as a standalone to evaluate your own initiatives.
Duration 2-3 weeks

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Categories Primary, Secondary, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, Computing / ICT, Management, Teaching staff, Facilities, ICT / Computing, In school, Digital Technology, Effective use of technology is driven by learning and teaching goals , Identifies clearly how the introduction of technology will improve learning, Technology is used to support pupils to work harder, for longer or more efficiently , There is teacher support to learn to use new technology effectively as part of Professional Development
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

Rigorous research backed review of digital technologies initiatives.

Evidence underpinning this approach

The CATALYST programme is based on award winning doctoral research, at the heart of which is the APT methodology.

The APT methodology, where APT is shorthand for the Alignment of Pedagogy and Technology, was developed by Dr Richard Osborne over 10 years of educational research. It is a structured way of thinking about the differing components within a digital educational ecosystem, using principles from ecological psychology, designed to align the needs of teachers and learners with the affordances of digital technologies. The best available research suggests that this approach is the most reliable way to use digital technologies within education contexts.

'It is not whether technology is used (or not) which makes the difference, but how well the technology is used to support teaching and learning. This alignment of technology and learning is important.'

Higgins, Xiao and Katsipataki (2012, p. 15)†

† S. Higgins, et al. (2012). `The Impact of Digital Technology on Learning: A Summary for the Education Endowment Foundation'. Tech. rep., Education Endowment Foundation.

How users/participants can evaluate success

Evaluation is embedded into all modules in the CATALYST Programme, as recommended in the UK Government  standard for teachers’ professional development (July 2016) external link icon. In addition a five level, research based, evaluation module is available to help you evaluate your own intiatives, with the potential to measure participants reaction, participants learning, organisational impact, participants use of new knowledge and impact on student outcomes.

If used in conjunction with other modules, the Evaluate module has the potential to look back on changes that have been made, and by mapping through to original surveys in the Analyse module it can provide a quantifiable measure of progress. This allows individual and group reflection over progress, and planning for next steps to ensure continuous improvement.

Follow-up activities and support

The Evaluate module is part of a the broader CATALYST programme, a modular set of services for schools to help them make effective use of digital technologies for teaching and learning. As Evaluate is the final module in the series, and acknowleding that improvement should be a continuous cycle, the first module in the programme - the Analysis module - would be an ideal follow up to this module.


Type of activity: In school interviews and surveys.

Target group: SLT, teachers, support staff, students.

Products: Quantitative and qualitative measures of effectiveness across up to five different metrics: Participants reaction, Participants learning, Organisation impact, Participants use of new knowledge and skills, Student outcomes.

This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.