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Developing a framework for understanding SETA performance: Monitoring and Evaluating their role in skills planning, steering and enabling supply within their sector


Date posted:

2022/06/01

Publication year:

2012

Corporate author/s:

Labour Market Intelligence Partnership (LMIP), Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)

Person/s as author/s:

Marock, Carmel

Output-type:

working paper

Format:

pdf

The paper begins by exploring the central issue highlighted in a number of research reports on the SETAs: the absence of a shared understanding of their role. The paper argues that multiple objectives have an adverse effect on the performance of the SETAs. Taking a streamlined mandate as the new direction for the SETAs, it suggests ways of thinking through the performance management and evaluation of SETAs. In doing this it both suggests alternate frameworks and emphasises the need to determine an approach that recognises the complexity of the programme and the context in which the interventions are implemented. Additionally, it suggests some of the methodological and data challenges that have been experienced in undertaking these assessments. It concludes by indicating the key research questions that need to be addressed. Specifically, it suggests that much of the research of the LMIP as a whole should be fed into the development of a new monitoring and evaluation framework for the SETAs so as to ensure that much of the research undertaken is utilised to implement the framework. Specific recommendations for research include an analysis of data currently collected by the system and impact studies to assess the work of the SETAs. The paper points out that broader research into demand for skills will have many implications for the work of the SETAs, and that analysis raised in this paper should be fed into various of the projects. Finally, the paper points out that, notwithstanding the many problems in the system, the SETAs remain a crucial source of information for ongoing research.

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