Evaluation & Publications
The SOAR Project is committed to evaluating initiatives conducting research that centres on processes, implementation and impact. By identifying successful aspects, challenges and exploring opportunities for advancement, the SOAR Project generates practice and policy recommendations geared towards promoting best practice, sustainability and mainstreaming in Access.
The SOAR Project has published seven evaluation reports on PATH 3 funded programmes to date.
At present there are three additional research projects underway.
- “Access Practitioners: Our Identity; Our Role; Our Vision” is the first large scale national study on Access Practice from the perspective of Access Practitioners. Final report due early 2024.
- “Care Experienced Students in Higher Education”- in collaboration with TU Dublin PATH 3 and community partners Empowering Young People In Care (EPIC). The purpose of this research is to gain an awareness and understanding of the enablers and barriers of “care experienced” students accessing higher education and to help determine effective responses and strategies to strengthen access, participation, and success across this group.
- Sustainability and Mainstreaming is the focus of our final research project which seeks to identity international best practice in embedding Access initiatives.
For further information on SOAR Project work please see our annual reports and other initiative and evaluation-related publications