LEAD includes: a launch event, Masterclasses on learning evaluation approaches and applied research methods, individual tutorials, an action learning set, an online workspace, and a day of final presentations. It also offers transparent evaluation of itself as an exemplar for participants.
The first cohort concluded in September, with three out of four participants successfully completing. Their investigations are only now starting to yield impact measures, and their feedback is emerging.
I noted in June that one LEAD participant had said “it changed my life!” and I can now offer a more to-the-point testimonial:
"The LEAD programme was a great learning experience with its unique blend of workshops with Ken and Alasdair, supervised application of the learning to a real life evaluation project and learning from each other through the action learning set. I would highly recommend this programme as it provides foundational knowledge, skills and experience for anyone tasked with evaluating learning in their organisation.”
(Alan Forsythe, Training & Development Manager at SHARE, and one of the participants in the first cohort).
A second cohort started in September, involving another four organisations, from sectors as diverse as mechanical engineering, defence, economic development, and a care charity. Once again, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and plans are already underway for a third cohort of LEAD to begin in February 2013. Further information about LEAD, including how to book for the next cohort, is available at the Airthrey website.
It looks like LEAD is now a fixture in the evaluation calendar.