VASP Evaluation Summit stories and videos
The Values in Action Schools Project (VASP) was a national project in which clusters of schools were funded by the Australian Government to design, implement and evaluate the outcomes of high quality values education projects. The Values in Action Schools Project reflected the commitment to high quality schooling and to the role that effective, planned and systematic values education can have in improving social and academic outcomes for Australian students.
An Evaluation Summit was convened on 16 October 2009 in Melbourne. The purpose of the Summit was to evaluate the outcomes of projects using a structured and facilitated participatory evaluation methodology, called the Most Significant Change Technique (MSC). The Summit involved teacher, parent and student representation from each cluster and was an innovative means of gathering evidence of change generated by the cluster projects. The Evaluation Summit also deeply informed the approach of clusters to their final reports and Giving Voice to the Impacts of Values Education: The Final Report of the Values in Action Schools Project .
Stories and outcomes
During the Evaluation Summit video recordings were taken of the tables of participants reading aloud the stories from the VASP clusters selected for the summit and discussing the outcomes in terms of most significant change from the Values in Action School Project. Three clips illustrate this initial part of the MSC technique and draw out some of the principles and impacts of values education.
Tables of participants were asked to come to a consensus on one story which represented the most significant change due to values interventions and record the reasons for its selection. The emerging themes were compiled. One clip captures part of this process and some of the major themes.
Each table manager then reported back to the Summit group on their selected most significant change story with its reasons for selection. As the MSC technique facilitator, Tracey Delaney, summarises at the end of this activity, ‘The value in selecting one is really about the discussion and the dialogue that you have in reaching that, and then sharing your values on which you've made that decision.’
Student art presentation
During the Summit six groups from the cluster schools, composed of four students each, worked together to create paintings inspired by student stories selected from the VASP clusters. They then presented their artwork to the other participants and spoke on what was important to them from a student perspective about these stories, about the change they had perceived, how this was presented in the artwork, and about values within schools.