Institute of Education
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My research interest is in the process and practice of evaluation, particulary participatory methodolgies. My doctoral research enabled me to develop an innovative methodology, Transformative Evaluation, that supports, develops and extends practice and practitioners and organisations.
Cooper, S. (2018) Participatory Evaluation in Youth and Community Work, Oxon: Routledge
Cooper, S. and Gretschel, A. (2018) ‘Evaluating youth work in its contexts’ in P. Alldred, F. Cullen, K. Edwards and D. Fusco (Eds) The Sage Handbook of Youth Work Practice, London, Sage Publications
Cooper, S. (2018) ‘Living Together’: Making the most of the residential experience in outdoor and adventure education’ in T. Jeffs and J. Ord (Eds) Rethinking Outdoor, Experiential and Informal Education, Oxon: Routledge
Cooper, S. (2012) ‘Evaluation: Ensuring accountability or improving practice?’ in Ord, J. (ed) Critical Issues in Youth Work Management, Abingdon: Routledge
Cooper, S. with Grace, P., Griffiths, G. and Sapin, K. (2012) ‘Re-Balancing Supervision’ in Ord, J. (ed) Critical Issues in Youth Work Management, Abingdon: Routledge
Cooper, S. (2015) ‘A collaborative assessment of students & placement learning’ in Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education,
Cooper, S. and Ord, J. (2014) ‘Developing know hoe’: A participatory approach to assessment of placement learning’, Journal of Vocational Education and Training, Vol. 66(4), pp. 518-536
Cooper, S. (2014) ‘Putting collective reflective dialogue at the heart of the evaluation process’ in Reflective Practice, Vol. 15(5), pp.563-578.
Cooper, S. (2014) ‘Transformative evaluation: Organisational learning through participative practice’ in The Learning Organisation, vol. 21 (2).
Cooper, S. (2011) ‘Reconnecting with evaluation: The benefits of using a participatory approach to assess impact’ in Youth & Policy, Vol. 107, pp. 55-70
Cooper, S. (2007) 'Teaching values in pre-qualifying youth and community work education’ in Youth & Policy, Vol. 97/98, pp. 57-72.
Cooper, S. (2015) Transformative Evaluation. Understanding the Impact of Youth Work, Conference at the University of Gloucestershire, June 2015
Cooper, S. (2015) Transformative Evaluation: Understanding process and progress. Perspectives on Evidence in Youth and Community Work Conference, Centre for Youth Impact London, March 2015
Cooper, S. (2014) Collaborative Assessment: Joys, Challenges and a Way Forward?, The Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth & CommunityWork Annual Conference, Back to the Beyond A Progressive Pedagogy for Youth and Community Work, Newman University, Birmingham, June 2014
Cooper, S. (2013) Transformative Evaluation: Realising the Potential of Evaluation in Achieving Sustainable Change. Paper delivered at the Australasian Evaluation Society Conference: Brisbane, Australia, September 2013
Cooper, S. (2013) Transformative Evaluation: Combining Learning and Accountability through Participatory Practice. Paper delivered at the UK Evaluation Society Annual Conference: Evaluating to Make a Difference, University of London, April 2013
Cooper, S. (2012) Transformative Evaluation: The process of developing the model. Paper delivered at the Collaborating for Impact: How higher education and social purpose organisations can work better together, Plymouth University, November 2012
Cooper, S. (2012) Transformative Evaluation: Changing the way we think about evaluation. Paper delivered at the International Conference on Youth Work and Youth Studies, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow August 2012
Cooper, S. (2010) Reconnecting with evaluation: Some encouraging signs coming from the implementation of a participatory approach. Paper delivered at the TAG conference, Durham University, July 2010