At Shaping Futures we believe in an evidence based approach, mapping our outreach provision to defined needs to ensure that our work is as impactful as possible. As we complete or contribute to research, we’ll publish our reports and briefing notes here.

This page is a work in progress, so please keep checking back!

LCR Educational Disadvantage Report

This report summarises data on the deprivation and educational statistics for the Liverpool City Region, allowing for comparison between the local authorities and between the region and England as a whole. It will help us identify areas where we can support learners and tailor our activities to specific local need.

Evaluation Planning for 2020/21



One of the aims for the Uni Connect programme is “contribute to a stronger evidence base around ‘what works’ in higher education outreach and strengthen evaluation practice in the sector.” To support this aim we decided to create an evaluation toolkit, used by the delivery staff, which enables the team to have a strong understanding of how each activity we design and deliver links to our objective of increasing participation in Higher Education. This document outlines the steps taken in Spring 2019/20 in order to create this toolkit and provides a brief overview of the structure and content of the toolkit. Completed in October 2020, the document also outlines our ambitions for how this toolkit is going to be used in 2020/21.

Parental Survey

Liverpool John Moores University, as part of the Shaping Futures Parental Engagement Working Group, carried out a questionnaire to identify whether parents and carers of students in the Liverpool City Region feel that they have the knowledge and guidance to support their students into Higher Education, and whether existing provision needs to be enhanced or added to.

An executive summary is available here and the full results of the survey can be viewed here.

We understand how important parental engagement is to the success of young people in Merseyside, and are keen to support with this however we can. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss how we can work together.

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