Both policy makers and educational practitioners encounter various problems and issues during Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Not knowing how to approach them and what information can be used to support the policies or practices can be disastrous.
In view of this, a two-week training programme on ‘Applied Research for Decision Making and Policy Creation’ began yesterday at the SEAMEO Voctech Regional Centre, with the participation of 22 policymakers and educational practitioners from 10 SEAMEO member countries.
The course aims to provide skills to the participants in conducting applied research, especially for decision and policy creation purposes. Participants will also be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills in how to come up with research topics in applied research, carry out the study, and formulate the results.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to produce a comprehensive applied research proposals, which will intensify the relevance of research to penitential stakeholders and increase the chances that the research findings will be useful for decision and policy making purposes.
Speaking at the opening ceremony for the programme was SEAMEO Voctech Centre Director Haji Md Sharifuddin bin Haji Md Salleh. With the fast technological and social changes and the more complex working environment, the use of reliable information is mandatory, he said.
“We should be able to differentiate between fact and fiction; we should be able to select reliable sources according to scientific criteria. By doing so, we will have improved judgements and practices and will be able to create better policies,” he explained.
Among the participating countries are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.