Research Information and Development

The newly established RIOD unit will:

•Engage with education policy and practice from a worker’s perspective
•Manage knowledge and information including resources across all the dimensions of the organisation
•Quality assurance in the form of research, monitoring, evaluation and assessment to measure progress, improvement and impact of union education delivery as well as discover innovative approaches to workers' education

Strategy Guiding Research Information and Development in Ditsela

In 2011, the Research, Information and Organisational Development Programme will focus on: Establishing a vibrant, dynamic and innovative research, information and organisational development unit by developing, reviewing and implementing strategies around our work in the following areas:

•The Siyakhulama seminar series
•ICT and E-learning – Expanding the menu of online learning materials and establishing a dynamic and interactive website with latest news and updates about developments in Ditsela and worker education more broadly
•Communication and Media – Annual report, brochures, course programme, the Pathways education newsletter, exhibitions on specific themes at conferences related to education, labour and civil society
•Evaluation and needs analyses in provinces and around support work
•Information management systems •Research studies to innovate, strengthen, improve workers’ education and inform policy and practice

Co-ordinating the development of a series of education publications in Ditsela fields of specialisation which resonate with the current issues and trends of relevance to the worker’s movement

•Popular economics
•‘Herstory’ – short biographies of labour women leaders in SA
•Vukani’s – voice of the worker’s

Developing and maintaining the Resource Centre as the Information Hub of the organisation, it is a repository of national and international education materials, resources and publications. Based on implementing a revised strategy, creating a centre of information and resources through a range of activities to increase its utilisation and relevance to the worker’s movement Prioritising the recommendations around the repositioning of Ditsela (Project Tsoseletso Phase 2) by;

•Developing a more systematic approach to determining education needs
•‘Establishing and maintaining quality education management systems (QMS)
•Building a better understanding of our different target groups and their needs
•Evaluating the strategy and impact of programmes, content and methodology of courses
•Assisting in identifying, improving and developing new materials methods and courses and systemsv
•Improving utilisation of skills and knowledge through developing a strategy for facilitating ploughing back of learning by participants