Evaluation of the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship

Research Institution / Organisation

College of Policing

Principal Researcher

Chris Price

Level of Research

Professional / Work-based

Project Start Date

August 2018

Research Context

The evaluation will address two broad areas:

a) How is the PCDA being implemented – what has worked well and where are the barriers/challenges?
b) What outcomes have been delivered by the PCDA?

Findings from the evaluation will be used to help refine the implementation approach as well as identify lessons for those forces introducing the apprenticeship at a later date. 

What will the evaluation focus on?

  • Implementation of the PCDA, including exploration of different delivery models, facilitators and challenges
  • Whether the PCDA has led to a variation in the diversity of new recruits (including socio-economic background)
  • Whether the attitudes and behaviours of PCDAs and those on IPLDP differ and change over time (e.g. in relation to CPD, EBP and aspects of the curriculum such as procedural justice or vulnerability)
  • Experiences of the programme from those on and involved with the PCDA
  • The comparative financial costs of the PCDA and IPLDP

Research Methodology

​The evaluation will be undertaken in a small number of early adopter forces and will involve a longitudinal (four year) survey of new recruits, a series of in-depth interviews and documentary analysis.  

Interim reports and publications

​A first interim report will be prepared for September 2019.

Date due for completion

October 2023
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