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This article is taken from the March 2002 Phatlalatsa newsletter

 

A tracking mechanism for equity development programmes at selected South African universities

S&T partner Ross Jennings describes a major three-year partnership between S&T and The Atlantic Philanthropies.

S&T is designing a mechanism that will enable The Atlantic Philanthropies to monitor and evaluate its funding of staff equity development programmes at selected South African universities. S&T has been contracted to implement and maintain the mechanism for the next 3 years.
The broad objectives of the project are to:

  • Track what happens to students who participate in the staff development programmes.
  • Assess whether or not the programmes meet the stated goals of developing new academics.
  • Investigate whether these new academics remain in academia when they have completed their contractual obligations.

As part of Phase One, S&T has already facilitated a national workshop with The Atlantic Philanthropies, the relevant universities and key stakeholders. This national workshop is currently being followed up with a series of workshops at each of the institutions in order for all participants and stakeholders to have a say in the design of appropriate indicators around which the database will be developed.

There are 3 distinct phases to the project:


Phase One: the development of a database of programmes supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies and design of a tracer study to track participants in these programmes. One of the key outputs of this phase is a set of appropriate impact indicators to measure the success or failure of these programmes.

Phase Two: maintenance and analysis of data contained in the database with regular feedback to The Atlantic Philanthropies and the concerned institutions.

Phase Three: to evaluate the impact of the programmes at the end of the 3 years based on the data collected in the previous phases. This will also involve the identification of best practices, which could be emulated at other institutions.

 

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