Case Study Analyses of Royal Roads Student Research
Royal Roads University (RRU) has a mission to teach and support student research that contributes to transformation; transformation in our students and transformation in the world. Low disciplinary boundaries, strong blended academic and professional experience, linkages among faculty and students, as well as a deliberate focus on solutions situates RRU student research well to address real-world problems.
Purpose: To improve the way universities teach and support student research to be problem-driven and solution-oriented.
Question: To what extent does Royal Roads University graduate student research contribute to social change? What are the main impact pathways?
Method: We conduct case study project evaluations of student research using the Outcome Evaluation approach, leveraging Theory of Change to model the research process and its intended outcomes. For each case study, we also apply the Transdisciplinary Research Quality Assessment Framework to characterize project design and implementation to draw connections between how projects were designed and implemented and what outcomes were realized.
Figure 1. Example of a Theory of Change (ToC) workshop, held with a RRU graduate student researcher to retrospectively document a ToC model for their Masters or doctoral research project. The ToC model serves as an analytical framework for the case study evaluation.