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Planning for graduate tracer studies in the South African Post-Schooling Sector: Findings from a study of the usability of graduate destination surveys for the analysis of labour market coutcomes

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University of Cape Town (UCT), Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU)

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Branson, Nicola





This presentation shares the findings of the study of the usability of graduate destination surveys for the analysis of labour market outcomes, under the auspices of the Planning for graduate tracer studies in the South African post-schooling sector project. It details the following key points: Graduate destination Studies (GDS); Advantages of GDS data; Employment rates of graduates by qualification type and area of study; Qualification type by Campus; Employment rates of graduates by institution; Advantages of GDS data; GDS's Achilles heel: Non-random nonresponse; The Western Cape Graduate Destination Study response rates; Why do we care about non-response in GDS? The analysis in the paper; the summary of analysis findings. It also provides notes on: Baseline preparation; Planning a Tracer Study; Why baseline preparation matters; using a sample; (re) weighting; assessment of bias; an aside; utilising Administrative Data in Tracer Studies; and a summary.

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