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Tracing the Spark that Lights a Flame: A Review of Methodologies to Measure the Outcomes of International Scholarships

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This chapter reviews current methodologies used to measure and evaluate the effects of international scholarship programs for higher education. Just as these programs are diverse in their design, there is no “one size fits all” approach to evaluation. The overview of methodologies uses several analytic lenses and identifies their respective challenges: understanding the theory of change; choosing the unit of analysis; the timeline for evaluation; and approaches to quantitative and qualitative data collection. The chapter concludes with the importance of transparency in relaying evaluation outcomes to key audiences to improve programs and influence research in the field.

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  • U.S. Agency For International Development (USAID)
  • Scholarship Recipients
  • International Educationinternational Education
  • International Fellowship Program (IFP)
  • Mutual understandingMutual Understanding

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    While the report conducted by IIE was internal, the topics that emerged were discussed in a roundtable held at the Institute in December 2012 and were outlined on IIE’s blog: http://www.iie.org/Blog/2012/December/Alumni-Tracking#.V-CODc6cHIU

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Martel, M. (2018). Tracing the Spark that Lights a Flame: A Review of Methodologies to Measure the Outcomes of International Scholarships. In: Dassin, J., Marsh, R., Mawer, M. (eds) International Scholarships in Higher Education. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-62734-2_14

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