Network of Science Centres - Training for Peer-evaluation

 
Date: 
Wednesday, 18 June, 2014 to Thursday, 19 June, 2014
Venue: 
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: https://prezi.com/tjvgezzs2x9s/

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