Case studies

Research to better understand the impact of governance on institutional performance

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is compiling case studies on initiatives being undertaken by institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs) to gain a better understanding of the impact of governance on institutional performance.

These case studies are part of a wider piece of work to evaluate the effect of the governance changes on ITPs that came into effect on 1 May 2010.

Purpose of case studies

The purpose of the case studies is to:

  • gain a better understanding of the impact of governance on institutional performance
  • highlight successful initiatives
  • identify lessons that can be shared to support sector development.

How we go about each study

The case studies are based on strategic council initiatives, which are explored from multiple perspectives.

Depending on the specific example, a case study may involve site visits and interviews with council members, the senior management team and staff and students. Stakeholders may also be interviewed, including employers, iwi or Pasifika community groups.

Initiatives initially selected were identified from interviews with ITP council Chairs undertaken in 2013 as part of the wider evaluation project.

The TEC aims to use a collaborative approach, working with each ITP to ensure it is comfortable with the way the TEC is working and what is produced. A first step is to work with the Chair and Chief Executive to agree on the study and the approach to be used, including:

  • stakeholders to interview
  • sites to visit
  • any documentary evidence to review.

We do not expect it to be a major commitment of time. It is likely to be one day for site visits at each ITP, with individual or group interviews taking no longer than one hour.

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