Interim analysis of Commonwealth Scholarships published

“Trajectories and impact of UK Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Programme alumni: Interim quantitative analysis”

A major facet of the CSC Evaluation Team’s work over the past year has been the collation and analysis of data from a four-year alumni survey exercise, running 2012-2015. The research aims to chart the trajectories and impact of Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows since the inception of the programme in the late-1950s. Although data collection continues, the current data corpus is sufficient for interim quantitative analysis and a report has been produced.

The interim report is now available on the CSCUK website.

In brief:

“Since 2012 the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) has been conducting a cycle of evaluation surveys designed to generate insight into the experiences, achievements, and difficulties of our alumni. Respondents to the surveys are drawn from all of the CSC-administered scholarship schemes, over
60 disciplinary fields, 50 Commonwealth countries, and as far back as 1963. The cycle is now 60% complete; the remaining 40% of alumni will be surveyed in 2015. 

This report presents an interim analysis of survey findings with the intention of laying the groundwork for a full report in 2015. Data have been analysed and formulated into four areas:

  1. Individual capacity
  2. Networks and collaboration
  3. Impact in developmentally-relevant sectors
  4. Attribution and the counterfactual.

Methodological issues in research design and data interpretation have also been highlighted by the survey analysis and these, alongside indications of future directions for CSC evaluation, have been examined in the report.”