VSD Reference Indicators

Reference Indicators for VSD

There is an increased demand in result measurement in order to assess the effectiveness of development aid. This is particularly true in the field of vocational skills development (VSD), where it is quite difficult to evidence outcomes. Furthermore, as a project manager the strategic use for your decision-making and improving your programs performances can be greatly enhanced with a solid result measurement and monitoring approach. 

In April 2020 SDC’s Quality Assurance published the new SDC Guidance on Results Indicators as a normative document. It refers to Switzerland’s Strategy 2021-24 for International Cooperation and to the 2030 Agenda. In the SDC guidance, three types of result indicators are distinguished:

a)          Aggregated Reference Indicators (ARIs) – introduced in 2016

b)          Thematic Reference Indicators (TRIs) – introduced in 2020

c)          Context-specific indicators – Common Outcome Indicators (COIs) for VSD exist since 2013

While the use of ARIs and TRIs is mandatory (as long as they are relevant for the specific project), the use of additional indicators proposed by the thematic networks such as the COI for VSD is voluntary.

The Working Aid on the use of Indicators in VSD Programmes is intended to provide a quick and comprehensive overview of all indicators relevant to VSD projects and programmes - and to select the most appropriate set of indicators for each project type. The indicators are grouped under the four outcome dimensions Outreach, Relevance of Training, Gainful Employment and Systemic Change. It is an easy-to-use support instrument for all phases of the project cycle.

Kindly note that this Working Aid is a living document. Your comments and suggestions for improvement are always welcome! Please send them to the Andrea Inglin(e+i Focal Point) and Roman Troxler (VSD backstopper)

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