The Equity, Agency and Transparency Framework (EAT)

The EAT Framework has been used at individual, team, and institutional levels to guide and promote best practice in inclusive assessment and feedback in higher education. It provides a clear conceptual framework and set of core resources to support understanding and implementation of research-informed approaches to assessment. The framework can be used with staff and students, and all relevant stakeholders to promote quality and efficiencies in assessment.

EAT is a research-informed integrative assessment framework informed by systematic review of over 50,000 academic peer reviewed articles and extensive use in practice. Evans (2013) landmark paper ‘Making sense of assessment feedback in higher education’ informed the initial development of the conceptual framework which continues to be evolved through extensive use in practice and ongoing updating of the systematic review.

Further resources can be found at

Factors impacting student success in assessment and feedback are located within Evans and Waring’s 2020 paper Enhancing Students’ Assessment Feedback Skills Within Higher Education

The feedback landscape highlights those key factors impacting student feedback seeking, using, and giving skills, and the importance of collaboration with lecturers, and the role of wider personal and academic networks in supporting learning (see Evans, 2013).

Addressing the Basics

Inclusive Assessment as discussed at DVC/PVC Advance HE Network (November 11, 2022) requires us to start with addressing the basics of good assessment design. Below is the summary slide deck shared at the Advance HE November network meeting.