We conduct internal evaluations and commission external evaluations of the charity's programmes.

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Our programmes have proven impact.

We conduct programmes evaluation of two university access programmes, The Scholars Programme and Uni Pathways, using both quantitative and qualitative methods, and by adopting a range of statistical techniques. Below we demonstrate how we evidence the impact of our programmes.

University of Cambridge External Evaluation

Between 2018 and 2020, we commissioned researchers at the University of Cambridge to evaluate the impact of The ScholarsProgramme. The evaluation had two phases. Firstly, the University of Cambridge carried out adesk-based review of the charity’s research and impact work to date. Secondly, the University of Cambridge conducted arandomisedcontrolled trial (RCT) to assess the impact ofThe ScholarsProgrammeon pupils’ cognitive outcomes. You can find out more about the RCT, including the results, here. The results from the RCT will also be published in a peer reviewed journal in the future. 

Independent Evaluations

For the sixth year in a row, independent analysis by UCAS showed that pupils on The Scholars Programme are significantly more likely to apply to, receive an offer from and progress to a highly-selective university than pupils with similar socio-demographic background and GCSE attainment. Read the details of this evaluation, and those from previous years, here.

Annual Impact Reports

Our Annual Impact Reports offer an overview of the charity's work during the academic year.

You can find out more about our programmes, our scale, how we evaluate our impact, and our plans for the year ahead.

The Scholar

The Scholar is The Brilliant Club's academic journal of outstanding pupil work! It is published termly and showcases some of the excellent work produced by pupils on The Scholars Programme and Uni Pathways.

All assignments nominated for publication are reviewed by an expert panel of PhD researchers and only the highest scoring are published.

Theories of Change

We have created Theories of Change for each of our core programmes, The Scholars Programme, Join the Dots, Make your Mark and Parent Power.

To form these one-page visuals, each programme has a mission, inputs, activities, outputs and outcomes.

Take a look using the links below, and please do get in touch if you’d like to discuss our evaluation work further.

The Scholars Programme Theory of Change

Make your Mark Theory of Change

Join the Dots Theory of Change

Parent Power Theory of Change