The Research on Socio-Economic Policy (ReSEP) group, with financial support from UNICEF South Africa, presented a Course on Education Indicators for the Department of Basic Education (DBE)from 22 – 25 October 2012 as part of a series on Data Analysis. The course was aimed at increasing awareness of the use and limitations of education indicators amongst personnel from both the DBE and provincial education departments, and also at increasing the awareness of education system performance amongst participants.
The course took the form of a series of lectures, presented by experts from the University of Stellenbosch and elsewhere. These lectures were interspersed with some simple Excel-based work with education data, not so much to focus on the Excel-skills, but rather to assist participants to discover some aspects of system performance for themselves and to consider possible policy responses.
Video recordings of the respective sessions have been made available on the ReSEP Youtube channel. Below is a list of the video recordings of various lectures with their respective links to Youtube.
- UNESCO Education Indicators, presented by Olivia Ezeobi
- Indicators and managerial responsibility, by Estian Calitz
- The use and abuse of indicators, Martin Gustafsson
- Measuring School Performance: ANA, by Nic Spaull
- Service delivery and the principle-agent problem, by Professor Servaas van der Berg
- Calculation of DBE indicators, by Justice Libago
- Overview of the Framework for the Managing Programme Performance Information, by Conrad Barberton
The Excel-based work for workshops 2 and 3 are made available in the form of screencasts of how to implement the taught methodology with the simple datasets that was provided in the course. These videos can be accessed on the ReSEP website from the “Analysis of education performance indicators in Microsoft Excel” screencast series page and interested researchers are encouraged to make use of this facility.