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Project Evaluation

AET Project brief - Project Evaluation - NOW CLOSED 

Vision
The Autism Education Trust believes that all children and young people with autism* should receive an education which enables them to reach their individual potential to engage in society as active citizens (and that individuals, families and professionals are informed, supported and equipped to enable this to be achieved).
*The term autism refers to all those on the autistic spectrum including Asperger syndrome

Mission
The purpose of the AET is to further raise awareness of the importance of autism education across the children’s workforce, to bring organisations involved in delivering autism education services together in order to promote effective practice and share information and to involve children and young people with autism and their families and carers in the planning and delivery of information and resources to enhance and improve autism education across the country.

Purpose
To evaluate the impact of the AET’s funded programme.

Audiences and methodology
The evaluation report produced by the successful bidder must be appropriate for members of the DfE and wider stakeholders. It must identify the impact of the AET’s projects in an appropriate and objective manner. It should also produce evidence to be used in the marketing of the programme to potential buyers.

Phases and Stages:
Phase 1: Measures of evaluation and a monitoring system will be agreed between the successful bidder and AET by December 2011.

Phase 2: Measures will be designed and piloted. Monitoring system will be implemented. Following this the first round of data will be captured by February 2012.

Phase 3: First report will be written and submitted. This report will capture the AET’s performance for the first 3 quarters of Year 1 by March 2012.  

Phase 4: Second round of data capturing will begin. The final report will be submitted at the end of project by March 2013.

What should be included?
The report produced needs to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the programmes relative to the following aims:

1. Improving staff confidence in teaching young people with autism

2. To enable parents to be involved locally, make more informed choices and have increased confidence in their child’s education

3. To enable young people with autism to be involved locally and supported effectively through the following objectives:

• To deliver training to 5,000 plus staff
• To deliver of the AET National Standards
• To deliver the AET Competency framework
• To deliver the AET national training scheme

Key deliverables / milestones? 
Evaluation is integral to the overall AET training programme

The strands of the AET programme are the subject of separate tenders. The way these elements relate is set out in the diagram below.


AET pyramid image
AET Schema of Work

Contractors for all the strands of the programme will liaise with each other closely as part of their brief. 

What are the key deliverables, milestones and impacts? 

1. To design and implement a sustainable monitoring system for the programme which requires minimum oversight from the AET staff
2. To develop measures and processes to measure success in the following areas:
   a. Parental Confidence
   b. Parental Involvement
   c. Rising Standards
   d. Pupil/Parental confidence in Teaching and Learning
   e. Increased attendance and participation
   f. Educational performance of children and young people
   g. Staff confidence
   h. Take up of the AET Competency Framework

What key skills / capabilities are important to us?  

• Track record in the evaluation of interventions in education
• Ability to undertake high quality work to evaluate the impact of training and standards and competency frameworks
• Ability to engage with schools, parents, carers and young people in research work
• Ability to understand the wider policy framework including the current broader context for education CPD
• Bidders should state where their team includes people with autism and how their skills will be used in this work.

When do we need it?
A draft timetable is suggested below:

AET Project Evaluation brief timetable image

Budget
The maximum budget for this piece of work is £20k for 2011 to 2012 and £20k for 2012 to 2013 (including expenses and VAT).

Background
Organisations who are interested in competing for this work should complete the brief tender proforma which is supplied with this document which details how they would address this remit and what particular skills and expertise they bring. This document will be assessed by a panel delegated by the AET Programme Board who will select the successful bidder.

For an overview of the AET, please see the AET Presentation.

Relevant Documents
1. Project Evaluation tender document and assessment criteria proforma - Interactive PDF or Word document. If you would like a different version please e-mail us for assistance.
2. AET Presentation
3. AET Good Practice report
4. AET Outcomes report
5. AET Project Brief: National Standards
6. AET Project Brief: Competency framework
7. AET Project Brief: Training Materials Development