Submitted by Sandra Pritz, General Secretary
The evaluation survey of IVETA products and services was conducted through a
link from the members-only Intranet from January through March of 2007. There
were only 25 respondents, so the results are not suited to the use of
statistical processes. Of those who responded, 22 or 88% are individual members.
Over half have been members for six years or more, and about a quarter have been
members for only one year.
For a number of the survey items, a 5-point Likert scale is given, asking
respondents to rate from 1 (low) to 5 (high). The common practice has been
followed of assigning the term “neutral” or “medium” to a rating of 3,
essentially meaning neither low nor high. This practice will be followed when
The following summary is intended to set forth the main “messages” expressed
through the survey. Each item is listed in italics followed by the comments. In
virtually every case, the closed-response item is paired with an open-ended item
Item: IVETA has four classifications of members (i.e. student, individual,
non-profit and for-profit organizations), and has increasingly moving to an
electronic format for all communications to keep costs down. Do you agree with
this classification and approach?
It was noted, appropriately, that this item mixed two content topics and
should have been split. Since 72% of the respondents chose “Yes,” it might be
assumed that they meant yes on both counts. However, twelve people (48%) made
comments, and only two of those indicated positives on both issues. Of those
commenting about the classification, there was a roughly even split between
those approving of the current system and those with suggestions for change,
mostly to have sub-categories with greater specificity than the current system.
Four comments about electronic communications indicated mixed reactions.
Item: Would you support an increase in dues to support more “hard copy”
communications, and/or expanded services and products?
Almost two-thirds of the responses were positive, and approximately
one-third negative. No one commented further.
Item: What ideas for outreach would you propose to increase membership? (IVETA
now has about 250 members, but has not increased over the past several years)
A multiplicity of responses with a broad spread of ideas were voiced by 19
people (76% of those responding), which indicates that people were willing to
take time to consider and share their thoughts on this important issue. The
diversity of suggestions defies grouping or categorization and should be read
one by one.
International and Regional Conferences: In addition to the Annual
Mini-conference in conjunction with the American Career and Technical Education
Association, IVETA co-sponsors International and Regional Conferences
Item: How useful are these Conferences to you? Rate from 1 (low) to 5
Although over one quarter of the respondents gave no opinion on this item, a
majority of the total number of respondents (52%) gave a 4 or 5 rating, and only
8% a 1 or 2. Twelve percent gave a 3 rating.
Item: Have you attended any Conferences in the past 5 years?
A resounding two-thirds responded yes, and one third no.
Item: Should IVETA continue to co-sponsor these Conferences with partner
All who responded (92%) said Yes, making this item one of the strongest
indicators on the survey. Two respondents had no opinion. Twenty people provided
suggestions, with the most frequent comments revolving around cost.
Annual Meeting: IVETA traditionally holds its Annual Meeting,
including a mini-conference, just before the American Career and Technical
Education Conference and Exhibition to take advantage of this opportunity and
conserve travel costs for members.
Item: Should this format continue?
An almost three-fourths majority (72%) responded Yes. Twenty percent
registered no opinion. Fifteen people commented, most of whom were in favor of
the current procedure, with some additions/variation.
IVETA Internet Public Web Site (www.iveta.org). This site is one of
IVETA’s major avenues of contact with its members and the general public.
Item: How useful is the public web site to you? Rate from 1 (low) to 5
A majority of the total number of respondents (56%) gave a 4 or 5 rating on
this item, and only 12% responded with a 1 or 2. Over one quarter (28%) gave a 3
or “medium” rating.
Item: How often to you check the pubic internet Web Site for news and
events about IVETA activities?
Almost half (48%) of the respondents responded “Usually after I get an EM
about some IVETA related activity.” Another 32% responded, “Irregularly.” Only
three respondents are accessing it frequently.
Item: Do you have any problem in downloading files (i.e. newsletter)?
A strong 84% are having no problem downloading files, and another 16% only
Item: What suggestions would you have to improve the public web site?
The ten suggestions to improve the public web site were mixed in nature.
IVETA Intra Net Member Web Site (http://www.edupoli.fi/iveta). This
site is only available to members (Access name is iveta password is intra)
Item: How useful is the member intranet to you? Rate from 1 (low) to 5
About a third of the total number of respondents (36%) gave a 4 or 5 rating
on this item, and 20 % responded with a 1 or 2. Twenty percent gave a 3 or
“medium” rating, and 24% had no opinion..
Item: How often to you check the member intranet Web Site for news and
events about IVETA activities?
Only two people check the site frequently. A third check it irregularly and
a quarter after being prompted by an email. Over a third rarely or have never
Item: What suggestions would you have to improve the intranet member web
Five members gave suggestions.
IVETA Newsletter: The IVETA newsletter is published and distributed in
electronic form on the IVETA internet site (starting in 2006) on a quarterly
Item: How useful is the newsletter to you? Rate from 1 (low) to 5 (high).
The newsletter got high usefulness ratings—80% of the respondents gave it a
4 or 5, and another 12% gave it a 3.
Item: How often to you read the newsletter for current news and events
about IVETA activities?
It is important information that eighty percent of the respondents read the
newsletter every quarter when it is distributed and another 12% after getting an
email. This is clearly an important communication tool.
Item: Would you support the expansion of the newsletter into a longer
“bulletin” that might highlight articles on key themes in TVET (i.e.
alternatives for financing TVET, impact of the knowledge economy on TVET,
alternatives for stimulating private and NGO sector delivery of TVET etc)? This
would require more members, and others to get involved submitting articles.
Eighty percent responded Yes.
Item: What suggestions would you have to improve the newsletter?
The fourteen responses were varied.
IVETA Journal: The Journal has been published on a semi-annual basis
since 1993, is a “refereed” journal, and the largest department of the Journal
is devoted to empirical research articles. Starting in late 2006 it is being
distributed to members in electronic form on the IVETA Intranet, with hard
copies available at the cost of printing and postage.
Item: How useful is the Journal to you? Rate from 1 (low) to 5 (high)
Over half (56%) gave a 4 or 5 rating, with another quarter giving a medium 3
Item: How often to you read the Journal?
A majority (64%) of the respondents read the Journal every six months when
it is distributed. The others read it irregularly or rarely.
Item: What suggestions, if any, would you have to improve the Journal
(i.e., return to hard copy and increase member fees to cover full costs, reduce
the emphasis on empirical research articles and put more emphasis on key
emerging themes in TVET, make it a annual vs. semi-annual publication, etc,)?
This question elicited the greatest number of responses (25). These ranged
from comments about its excellence to suggesting less emphasis on research to
suggesting dropping the journal.
Professional Micro Grant Program (PMGP): The PMGP was started in 2002 to
assist individual IVETA members from developing countries to experiment, adapt,
and develop new approaches in VET and disseminate the results to the
international VET Community. http://www.iveta.org/grant.htm It is financed from
grants provided by Members and from IVETA, and provides grants up to USD 2,000.
Item: How useful do you think the PMGP is? Rate from 1 (low) to 5 (high).
Approximately one third (36%) responded with a 4 or 5. Over one quarter
registered no opinion.
Item: Have you ever considered making a proposal for a grant?
Yes ( 8 ), No ( 76 ) Was Three quarters of the respondents said No. Sixteen
percent were not aware of the opportunity, so the survey has served to make them
Item: Have you ever considered making a grant to the PMGP fund?
Twenty percent responded Yes, 68% No, and 12% said they were not aware of
Item: What suggestions would you have to improve and publicize the PMGP?
Sixteen suggestions of a varied nature were made.
Overall Evaluation of IVETA: IVETA has been in existence for over 20
years, but has not been increasing in membership for the past several years, and
we would like to increase membership and services.
Item: How useful is IVETA to you? Rate from 1 (low) to 5 (high)
More than half (52%) gave a 5 rating, and another quarter gave a 4 rating.
Ratings of 3 and 2 were given by 16% and 8% of the respondents respectively,
with no one giving a 1 or registering no opinion. The organization is greatly
Item: Have you ever recommended membership to your colleagues?
Eighty-eight percent of the members responded Yes.
Item: What suggestions would you have to improve the administration and
organization, publicity, and type of products and services that IVETA provides?
Only ten responses were made for improvements, while one person advised
caution against changing services and processes built up over the years.
Participation in IVETA: IVETA is a volunteer organization, run for and by
Item: Which of the above listed activities would you be willing to assist
in implementing (i.e. Newsletter development and editing, Journal development
and editing, managing the Internet and Intranet, assisting with the Micro Grant
Program including possibly making a donation to the revolving fund, helping with
membership drives, serving as a member of the Executive Committee office,
helping with organization of annual meetings and conferences, etc.)?
Fifteen people responded. Their names and willingness will be made available
to the President.