Research and

With increasing focus on the outcomes and impact of university access and success programmes, it is more important than ever to conduct high-quality and robust evaluation work.

Research and Evaluation Consultancy 

The Brilliant Club’s team of experienced social science researchers provide consultancy services to universities, and other education organisations looking to build their research and evaluation skills and capacity. Our services range from facilitating evaluation workshops to full-cycle programme evaluations.

  1. How can outreach programmes and widening access work support attainment?
  2. How can students be supported in developing the skills and knowledge needed for successful transitions to undergraduate or postgraduate education?
  3. How can diversity and inclusion practices, including decolonising the curriculum, be meaningfully embedded into access work and teaching in higher education?

Types of Evaluation Activity

Evaluation workshops
For organisations who would benefit from guided facilitation around developing an evaluation framework or want to upskill staff on the basics of evaluation.

Survey toolkits
For organisations that require guidance in identifying and implementing suitable measurement tools for their programme evaluations.

Full cycle programme evaluation
For organisations that want an external evaluation of a new or existing programme (from design through to reporting).

Literature reviews
For organisations that wish to understand the evidence base behind a specific aspect of access or student success.

Focus groups/interviews
For organisations without qualitative expertise (or capacity) who wish to incorporate more student voice in their evaluations.

Survey development and validation
For organisations that want to develop bespoke measurement tools tailored to their programme outcomes.

Report writing
For organisations that would benefit from an externally produced evaluation report.


Case studies

Lancaster University

Understanding and evaluating how widening participation activities contribute to raising attainment

University of Leeds

How to measure attainment-related outcomes as part of evaluating outreach work

Trinity College, University of Cambridge

Two-year programme to support pupils from underrepresented backgrounds in their application and transition to the University of Cambridge or other highly-selective universities

Get in touch

We welcome all conversations about the evaluation of student access and success programmes. If you are interested in research and evaluation consultancy, please contact Dr Katie Jones, Research and Evaluation Manager, via the button below.