ERIC Number: ED423362
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Setting Up of National, Regional and Sector Targets as a Tool for Reforming the System. Report of the Subgroup A Meeting, 23-24, May, Turin.
This paper aims to give partner states of the European Training Foundation material to help them assess the potential value of targets as a tool for reform. It begins with a definition of terms and a brief statement of the potential benefits of target setting. The 10 potential benefits are as follows: provide a focus for planning and action; test the realism of aims and objectives; motivate people to improve performance; harness effort; enable measurement of progress and corrective management action; constitute the basis for detailed work and time plans; promote transparency; increase accountability; add to the basis for evaluation; and offer measurable outputs in return for the resources invested. The paper discusses each benefit and some practical problems arising from the use of targets, illustrating the discussion where possible with examples from real experience. The next section addresses regional and sectoral targets, leading to a short statement on how targets might be relevant to the partner states. A discussion follows of the requirements for the effective introduction and use of targets and suggestions as to how states might proceed if not all those requirements are in place. The paper ends with a passage on conclusions and some proposals for possible future work. Appendixes include country reports that report on the country's vocational education and training system. These countries are included: Australia; France; Hungary; Poland; Romania; Singapore; United Kingdom; and United States. (Contains 19 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Training Foundation, Turin (Italy).