The AlphaPlus team undertakes a range of education research and evaluation studies across all education phases. Our work varies from research for government departments to inform policy, or work to support clients to understand the impact of interventions, such as programmes to improve teaching and learning, and reviews of relevant literature.
We have a team of social scientists who can use a range of methodologies (qualitative and quantitative) and data collection methods.
We conduct medium- and long-term studies of the impact of interventions for clients.
We evaluate and report on the research process when policies and interventions are implemented.
We use case studies to help give an in-depth understanding of the education system and teaching and learning in a number of contexts. For example, we look at what works in different types of school, college or university.
We have high-level expertise and wide experience in the quantitative analysis of data to support both the evaluation and the improvement of qualifications and their assessments.
Developing effective, bespoke surveys for our clients, using either online or paper-based questionnaires or telephone interviews is another of our specialisms. These can be used for large research projects or stand-alone stakeholder consultations, for example.
We undertake extensive literature and document reviews for clients, either as part of a larger project or as stand-alone pieces of work.
In addition to working with and supporting practitioner researchers in schools and colleges, team members have also developed and delivered research training for practitioners.
Project: The evaluation of the pilot of the pair of GCSEs in mathematics (MLP)
Project: The evaluation of the Stimulating Physics Network – http://www.iop.org/
Project: The evaluation of the Capital Physics programme — http://www.iop.org/
Project: Improving the student learning experience
Project: Quantitative study of adult English and maths
Project: Evaluation of the 18–21 Work Skills Pilot
Our clients include awarding organisations, professional bodies and government departments: