A micro-level outcomes evaluation of a skills capacity intervention within the South African public service : towards an impact evaluation
CITATION: Jonck, P., De Coning, R. & Radikonyana, P. S. 2018. A micro-level outcomes evaluation of a skills capacity intervention within the South African public service : towards an impact evaluation. SA Journal of Human Resource Management / SA Tydskrif van Menslikehulpbronbestuur, 16:a1000, doi:10.4102/sajhrm.v16i0.1000.
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Orientation: Interest in measuring the impact of skills development interventions has increased in recent years. Research purpose: This article reports on an outcomes evaluation under the ambit of an impact assessment with reference to a research methodology workshop. Motivation of the study: A paucity of studies could be found measuring the workshop outcomes, especially within the public service as it pertains to training interventions. Research approach/design and method: A pretest–post-test research design was implemented. A paired-sample t-test was used to measure the knowledge increase while controlling for the influence of previous training by means of an analysis of variance and multiple regression analysis. Main findings: Results indicated that the increase in research methodology knowledge was statistically significant. Previous training influenced the model only by 0.8%, which was not statistically significant. Practical/managerial implications: It is recommended that the suggested framework and methodology be utilised in future research as well as in monitoring and evaluation endeavours covering various training interventions. Contribution/value add: The study provides evidence of the impact generated by a training intervention, within the South African Public Service. Thus, addressing a research gap in the corpus of knowledge.