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Evaluation of the SSC Relicensing process

Following completion of the Sector Skills Council relicensing process in early 2010, the UK Commission committed to undertake an evaluation of the SSC Relicensing process. A Steering Group, Chaired by one of our Commissioners, was established with representatives  from the UK Commission, BIS, the National Audit Office and a Sector Skills Council. The Terms of Reference for the evaluation were agreed with the Evaluation Steering Group in February 2010 and, in order to ensure the process was transparent and independent, the UK Commission appointed the research company IFF to undertake the evaluation, data analysis and the production of the report.

Key objectives for the evaluation were as follows:-

1 To establish if the SSC Relicensing process was delivered in an efficient and effective manner and to identify any areas for improvement to inform future reviews.  More specifically:

1.1  To establish whether the process was

  • well managed;
  • delivered according to plan;
  • well communicated
  • cost effective and with efficient use of resources.

1.2  To establish if participants, Sector Skills Councils and stakeholders believed the process was delivered in accordance with its published objectives   to:

  • be transparent and fair;
  • be built on recognised  good practice developed over the last five years;
  • not be a long, drawn-out process for each SSC;
  • balance the need for rigour in the assessment and the need to minimise the burden of the process;
  • allow a Sector Skills Council performing at a high level, which submitted a compelling relicensing proposition. To receive its new licence within 6 months of submitting a portfolio of evidence.

2 To identify what benefits/impacts (if any) SSCs derived from the SSC Relicensing process, both as a result of preparation for relicensing, the process of assessment itself and as a consequence of the relicensing decision.

Download the report.