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JET: National Digital Ecosystem for Post -School Education and Training Programme: Evaluation

Conduct a longitudinal developmental evaluation of the National Digital Ecosystem for Post -School Education and Training Programme

Deadline date
01 Mar 2021
Gauteng, South Africa
Contact name
Boitumelo Manci
Contact email address
The evaluation will be conducted over a three-year period starting in 2021, with the final report due at the end of 2023.


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP): Conduct a longitudinal developmental evaluation of the National Digital Ecosystem for Post -School Education and Training Programme

The purpose of the overall programme is to establish an interoperable digital ecosystem that will strengthen, coordinate and improve efficiencies in the governance and management of the postschool education and training (PSET) system. The main objective of the programme is to ensure that data sets are interoperable, well synchronised, and used effectively as sources of information for planning and improving efficiency in the PSET system.

Phase 1 of the programme has been completed and involved a situational analysis of the PSET sector, a mapping study, an international review of similar initiatives and a feasibility report. These research reports have been condensed and included in a publication titled Unlocking the Power of Data: A review of the state of readiness of the Post-School Education and Training sector in South Africa for enhanced data interoperability, released in November 2020 and available on the JET website, The international review, Interoperable Data Ecosystems: An international review to inform a South African innovation is also available to download.

A high-level theory of change (ToC) for this programme has been developed (See annexure to these Terms of Reference (ToR). This ToC reflects that the programme is designed to contribute to the achievement of the impact that will see South African citizens being able to make informed decisions that lead to employment, in line with National Development Plan targets.

To make this contribution, the programme seeks to influence the achievement of a long-term outcome where the South African PSET system is aligned to the demand and supply needs of the labour market. The achievement of this long-term outcome will be supported through influencing  the achievement of the following intermediate outcomes. 

1.     South African citizens/learners utilise real-time data to make learning and career decisions; and 

2.     South African PSET stakeholders utilise real-time data to develop their plans and programmes. 

The immediate outcomes that the programme seeks to deliver in the next few years are:

1.     A PSET CLOUD Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to enable interoperability is available; 

2.     merSETA, as an early adopter, has access to an ecosystem architecture that enables it to interact with, engage and give feedback on the PSET CLOUD interoperable enabling MVP; and

3.     South African citizens/learners and PSET stakeholders have access to an interoperable system for data and information on PSET.

The assumptions that inform the design and serve as preconditions for success and/or risks to be managed are reflected in the annexed infographic of the Theory of Change. 

Phase 2 of the programme commenced in 2020 with the appointment of two service providers, one to carry out stakeholder engagement and scenario planning and the other to develop a business case and prototype for an MVP for piloting/testing over the next few months in 2021 as the programme transitions into Phase 3.   

The purpose of this RFP is to invite well-experienced, independent service providers to submit proposals to conduct a longitudinal developmental evaluation of the entire PSET CLOUD programme over a three-year period, starting in March 2021, which must include the component that pilots the merSETA as an early adopter.  

How to apply

Please contact Boitumelo Manci on [email protected] for further information.