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How Bridges has made a difference

From 2012 to 2014 Bridges exceeded all outreach targets achieving connections with:

  • 314 schools
  • 298,980 student contacts
  • 28,172 parent contacts
  • 15,644 teacher contacts
  • 1,374 community influencers
  • 3,418 volunteers

A further 60,948 indirect student contacts and 10,926 indirect teacher contacts were achieved through the TVS television series' Enquiring Minds, Models of Achievement and Indigenous Models of Achievement.

KPMG evaluation report

Bridges to Higher Education, in partnership with KPMG, have developed a framework to evaluate the outcomes of our initiative.

The purpose of the Bridges to Higher Education evaluation is:

  • To measure how well Bridges is contributing to its intended objectives;
  • To highlight the good practice project; characteristics, elements and interventions that contribute to achieving these objectives;
  • To identify key learnings from the implementation of Bridges, including the barriers and enablers to success;
  • To demonstrate the value being derived from the Bridges initiative;
  • To case study innovative and evidence based project examples;
  • To generate information that contributes to continuous improvements over time;
  • To develop tools and resources that can be used on an on-going basis beyond the life of Bridges.

Preliminary Report

In October 2013, KPMG delivered the first of three studies which together form a comprehensive evaluation of the Bridges to Higher Education program. This Preliminary Report provides a baseline and reports on findings for the period 1 January 2012 to 30 June 2013.

A summary of the Bridges Evaluation Preliminary Report (PDF, 4544.08 KB) can be downloaded here.

Interim Report

KPMG's second evaluation report, the Interim Report, covers the period 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2013 and establishes that the work is having a significant positive effect on both attitudes and behaviours of those groups and communities currently under represented in higher education.

A summary of the Bridges to Higher Education Evaluation Interim Report (PDF, 300.63 KB) can be downloaded here.

Final Report

The Bridges to Higher Education final report conducted by KPMG demonstrates the powerful effect Bridges has had on the aspirations and academic outcomes of students and people living in under-represented communities in Greater Western Sydney and rural and remote areas of NSW.

The KPMG report evaluated 96 Bridges projects over a three year period and is a comprehensive review of participation education programs conducted in Australia and is a good news story for the widening participation network of higher education providers.

The report contains a cost benefit analysis which estimates an expected economic return to LSES communities of $54 million in projected earnings and tax revenues which equates to a sixfold return on the Government's investment to LSES communities and a threefold return to the NSW community at large.

The Bridges to Higher Education Final Report (PDF, 2487.34 KB) is now available for download. Further information is available by contacting the Bridges Central Team.

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