Network of Science Centres - Training for Peer-evaluation

Wednesday, 18 June, 2014 to Thursday, 19 June, 2014
SAASTA, Pretoria

On the 18th and 19th of June 2014 training was facilitated by Octoplus at the SAASTA offices in Pretoria. The training was specifically aimed at potential peer-evaluators, but also explained the entire process of peer-evaluation in more detail.

A follow-up to the Framework document, Annexure 3: Guidelines for Peer-evaluation was especially developed for this training session. Each delegate was provided with a copy which is also available on this site in the Resources section under Guidelines for Peer-evaluation.     

The online presentation of the training is available at:

The topics explained and discussed during training were:

  • History and development of the Framework
  • Overview of the Accreditation Process
  • Quality principles, ethical standards and peer evaluation as quality enhancement mechanism
  • The Process flow with roles
  • Preparing for the site visit
  • Organisational Profile Guidelines and Template: SER section A
  • Scope and Terms of Reference Guidelines and Template
  • Self-evaluation Report Guidelines and Template: SER section B
  • Peer-evaluation Report Guidelines and Template
  • Planning the site visit
  • Selection of the Panel Guidelines and registration
  • The site visit programme Template
  • Conducting the site visit
  • Developing the Peer-evaluation Report (including arriving at commendations and recommendations)
  • Scoring mechanism and format of the report
  • Arriving at a proposed accreditation decision
  • Wrapping up and aftercare
  • Communication with DST (making a recommendation)
  • Communication with Applicant Centre after decision