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evalag (Evaluation Agency Baden-Württemberg, Germany) as a lead partner together with ten European institutional partners has been granted an Erasmus Multilateral Project within the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). The project has a duration of three years (2013-2016; IMPALA time schedule) and is carried out by its eleven partners from six European countries (Belgium, Finland, Germany, Norway, Romania, Spain). The core project is implemented by four European quality assurance agencies together with four higher education institutions from Finland, Germany, Romania and Spain.

Project title:

Pluralistic Methodology and Application of a Formative Transdisciplinary Impact Evaluation

Acronym: IMPALA

Motivation and goal:
While external quality assurance procedures are carried out in higher education institutions with increasing intensity and extensiveness, stakeholders and quality assurance agencies are asking for the efficiency and effectiveness of quality assurance for various reasons. At the same time, our knowledge about the impact of external quality assurance on higher education institutions is still rudimentary. The funded project (IMPALA) aims at closing this gap by developing and applying a (flexible) methodology to assess the impact of (different) external quality assurance procedures. Centrepiece of the methodology is the causal connection of external quality assurance procedures and changes in quality management and organisational structures in external quality assurance. To apply the methodology, each IMPALA partner agency carries out an external quality assurance procedure with a higher education institution partner. In parallel, the agencies implement simultaneous impact analyses which are mainly based on surveys and document analyses which are carried out in the framework of a before-after comparison approach.

There are four case studies of impact analyses implemented in the IMPALA project. They are performed in Finland (Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences & FINEEC, Helsinki), Germany (University of Stuttgart & evalag, Mannheim), Romania (Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest & ARACIS, Bucharest) and Spain (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona & AQU Catalunya, Barcelona).

You can find more about IMPALA strategic classification here.