Monitoring and evaluation - ESRC

We regularly monitor and evaluate the progress of individual Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) in a number of ways.
ESRC case officers.

In line with other large ESRC investments, we have adopted an investment management approach for our DTPs and CDTs.

This means that each DTP or CDT has been allocated an ESRC case officer whose role is to support and monitor the performance of the DTPs and CDTs.

Annual reports

Each DTP and CDT must submit an annual report every September.
The report is intended to provide easily comparable data against which development can be measured over time and benchmarked against others.

It also provides the opportunity for the investments to comment on their development and detail their challenges and successes.

Annual meetings

The investment director and ESRC case officer meet once a year to monitor progress based on the information collected through the annual report and Je-S Student Details Functionality and to follow up on any issues.

The case officer will work with the investment director to ensure it delivers its objectives.

The meeting provides a forum for sharing and capturing best practice and exploring ways to maximise the contribution of the doctoral training investment to the network.

Mid-term reviews

A mid-term review exercise was undertaken between October and December 2019, to look at each DTP’s performance against key targets and requirements, as set out in the original DTP call specification.

CDTs had only been funded for three years and so were not included in this review.

Last updated: 15 November 2021

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