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Evaluation of the Walkways Project

Empower All EU


The two Walkways partners, Agoriad Cyf and WALK, have commissioned an evaluation team led by Empower All to conduct an evaluation of the Walkways Project and the REAL and PEER programmes. An evaluation is being done to find out how the Walkways project is doing. The Evaluation commenced in March 2012 and will be completed by January 2014.

The evaluation will help us learn about:

  • The type of support people get at Walkways 
  • How well Walkways is supporting people 
  • If Walkways could support people better 
  • If life has got better for people whilst being on the project 
  • How much it costs to support people.

The evaluation team will speak to some people who are involved in the Walkways project, and these include:

  • Participants on the PEER (young people in education looking to take their first steps into part-time employment) and REAL (adults wishing to experience paid employment) programmes 
  • PEER buddies or mentors (someone who provides support to people on the PEER or REAL programmes) 
  • Family members of the PEER and REAL participants 
  • Staff on the Walkways project, and some staff from WALK and Agoriad 
  • Teachers (staff from the schools and colleges attended by the PEER participants) 
  • Employers of people from the PEER and REAL programmes.

With permission, information will be gathered from people by interviews, such as face-to-face meetings and telephone calls, and by completing online surveys. Information held on file at the Walkways offices about some REAL and PEER participants will also be examined.

If you would like to find out more about the evaluation, please download the information sheets as follows:

For any further information about the evaluation please do not hesitate to contact the Lead Evaluator, Rachel Stevens, from Empower All:

Phone: +353 (0)87 9209848
Email: rachel.stevens@empowerall.eu
Website: www.empowerall.eu

The members of the Evaluation Team are:

  • Ms. Rachel Stevens, Empower All 
  • Professor Roy McConkey, University of Ulster 
  • Dr. Stephen Beyer, Cardiff University 
  • Ms. Marie Wolfe, Empower All 
  • Ms. Siobháin O’Doherty, Empower All 
  • Ms. Ceri Christian-Jones, Empower All.

If you would like to speak to a Walkways project staff member about the evaluation, please contact either:

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