HEAN analyses programmes, systems and evaluation practices used by Widening Participation practitioners.
The HEAN evaluation unit brings together a range of leading researchers within and outside the sector.

Partnering with HEAN was a simple decision based on their understanding of the access landscape and their focus on impact
— James Turner, Deputy Chief Executive, Education Endowment Foundation

HE Access Agreements & WP Systems Support

  • Working with partner universities, HEAN analyses current Access Agreements and provides high-level support in identifying areas of further development.


HE Programmes

  • HEAN offers bespoke support to universities and other Widening Participation organisations in evaluating specific programmes using a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies.


Evaluation training

  • HEAN trains Widening Participation practitioners in strengthening their evaluative practices when delivering programmes and interventions.
    The HEAN approach focuses on providing strategies for assessing the impact of interventions and collecting effective data.

External Evaluation Unit members

The evaluation unit includes figures from academia and other fields including:

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Dr Steven Jones is researcher based at Manchester University with expertise in the Widening Participation sector.

Formerly head of the Widening Participation research unit at Bristol University, Dr Tony Hoare has evaluated programmes for a range of leading access organisation.

Liz Passey is a senior policy adviser at the Treasury and was previously research manager at the Sutton Trust.