Factsheet 10: DSPP process monitoring & evaluation framework

This workstream intends to:    

  • Develop and implement a framework to monitor and evaluate DSPP processes and achievements against traditional TVET programmes.
  •  Establish clear M&E procedures to monitor DSPP processes to ensure alignment with set targets and milestones and take corrective action where necessary.
  • Continuously evaluate programme processes in order to draw lessons learnt for the benefit of future occupational programmes.

KEY FACTORS FOR SUCCESS & LESSONS LEARNT

  • A clear DSPP monitoring & evaluation framework, which details required indicators, monitoring activities (processes, outputs), timelines, reports requirements, and M&E responsibilities for the entire programme period, must be developed.
  • Indicators which can demonstrate the competitive advantage of the DSPP over traditional TVET programmes must be identified, e.g. DSPP costs compared to benefits/outcomes and a comparison to other traditional TVET routes.
  • Monitoring activities must be coordinated between project stakeholders to avoid burdening project implementers, particularly industry and the project’s target group, with multiple monitoring activities.
  • Sufficient financial and personnel resources need to be allocated for the implementation of monitoring activities, incl. the appointment of a DHET DSPP M&E officer, who works closely with the DSPP project manager.
  • Best practise processes must be documented to enable further roll out and replication of the pilot tested programmes at other TVET institutions, e.g. CoS.
  • The documentation of DSPP successes and other positive benefits is necessary to market the programme to industry in a further roll out.
  • A standard operating manual is needed to encourage additional TVET colleges to implement occupational programmes.
  • Lessons learnt and findings from the DSPP monitoring framework must be fed into on-going TVET policy discussions/entities (SAIVCET).

MOST RELEVANT STRATEGIC & POLICY ASPECTS TO CONSIDER

  • Responsibilities for the DSPP M&E must be defined: Allocate a DHET staff member responsible for M&E to monitor and coordinate the set monitoring & evaluation activities.
  • M&E should reflect joint responsibilities of public and private stakeholders. Thus, industry must be involved responsibly in M&E activities.
  • An M&E framework which informs project steering must be developed.
  • A DSPP M&E plan should be designed for each defined work stream, with clearly set indicators, monitoring activities, timelines and allocated responsibilities of the various project stakeholders over the entire programme period.
  • Feedback loops with SAIVCET are needed in order to stimulate further strategic and operational development of dual occupational programmes with the support from all stakeholders (government, industry and trade unions).
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