LEF invites applications to carry out a review of best practice in designing, delivering and evaluating professional training

The Legal Education Foundation is seeking to commission a review of best practice in designing, delivering and evaluating professional training. The findings of this review will provide our grantees with the tools they need to design effective programmes and materials and to accurately assess the efficacy of the training they are funded to deliver.

The Legal Education Foundation currently funds a number of organisations to deliver training to legal professionals – one-to-one, in groups and increasingly online. This training is focussed on improving the legal skills and legal knowledge of the individuals and groups that participate. The Foundation is keen to understand which approaches to designing and delivering training are likely to be most effective in bringing about lasting improvements in knowledge, skills, behaviour and practice.

We hope that the findings of this review will be used by our current and future grantees to guide them in developing training programmes and adopting appropriate techniques to evaluate whether or not these training programmes have positively influenced knowledge, behaviour and practice. We will also use the outputs of this review internally, to inform our decision making when awarding grants to organisations who are seeking funding from us to design and deliver training.

Outputs

The successful applicant will demonstrate their ability to produce a written report covering the following elements.

  1. A typology of different methods of training professionals to enhance their knowledge, skills, behaviour and practice.
  2. An overview of the different approaches to measuring the impact of professional training that aligns with the typology of training methods constructed.
  3. A discussion of the extent to which the existing evidence base enables us to compare the cost efficacy of different approaches to designing and delivering training.
  4. An overview of the factors that should be taken into account when designing and delivering training that is intended to improve knowledge and skills, change behaviour and influence practice.

Budget and deadline

The Legal Education Foundation will consider proposals up to £50,000.

Applications to tender must be submitted by email to natalie.byrom@thelef.org by 5.30pm on Monday 4th July 2016.

Detailed specification and submission criteria

For further details and instructions on how to structure and submit your application, please download the tender specification document here.

The Legal Education Foundation’s Director of Research welcomes discussions with applicants prior to the deadline, please email natalie.byrom@thelef.org to arrange a convenient time.

For more details and to apply please download the tender specification here.

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