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HSRC Presentation to Portfolio Committee on
Arts, Culture, Science and Technology
18 March 2003

2
Context National RD Strategy
  • Doubling government investment in Science and
    Technology over the next 3 to 6 years
  • HSRC a science council both reporting to and
    funded by DST
  • Ten science councils covered in Vote 18
  • articulated by the new RD strategy, especially
    the five technology missions

3
Summary of allocation toScience Councils2002/03
to 2003/04
4
The HSRC
  • Amongst the group of small parliamentary grantees
  • At average level in recent growth of core
    Parliamentary grant
  • Above average performance in terms of Key
    Performance Indicators (KPIs)?
  • Other DST funding for projects, e.g. HRD, RD
    survey, possibly technology for poverty reduction

5
Financial overview current situation and 2003/04
plan, in Rm
R48m of the targeted R95m research earnings
(R90m R5m ring-fenced) for 2003/04 are already
signed up
6
COUPE strategy
  • Contracts
  • Outreach
  • Users
  • Performance
  • Excellence

7
Selected Key Performance Indicators
End-2002/03 target
End-2001/02 performance
Jan. 2003 performance
End-2000/01 performance
Contracts grants research earnings as a
proportion of total research income
21
31
53
42
Outreach proportion of projects with external
researcher participation
22
61
60
52
User-orientation proportion of successful
competitive submissions
24
32
32
34
Performance (equity) proportion of black
researchers
40
45
47
54
Performance (efficiency) proportion of
researchers in total staff
30
52
56
60
Excellence proportion of researchers publishing
a refereed journal article
23
25
50
50
8
HSRC research earningsMarch 2003 (rands)
9
Largest 10 projectscontracted external income
2002/03, Rm
10
"Quality" of HSRC research earnings
11
External research spend per region
12
HSRC research programmes
ATEE Dr Anil Kanjee Assessment Technology and Education Evaluation
CYFD Prof. Linda Richter Child, Youth and Family Development
DG Prof. Roger Southall Democracy and Governance
EEPR Dr Miriam Altman Employment and Economic Policy Research
EPR Prof. Linda Chisholm (acting) Education Policy Research
HRD Dr Andre Kraak Human Resources Development
IRRD Mr Michael de Klerk Integrated Rural and Regional Development
KM Dr Michael Kahn Knowledge Management
SAHA Dr Olive Shisana Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS and Health
SAMM Dr Udesh Pillay Surveys, Analyses, Modelling and Mapping
SCI Prof. Wilmot James Social Cohesion and Integration
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Selected research impacts - 1
  • ATEE Increased and better targeted support to
    Maths and Science education in schools, following
    the release and dissemination of findings from
    the TIMSS project
  • CYFD Policy uptake of empirical and indicator
    research into Social Development policy, e.g. on
    the extension of child care grants, family
    policy, disability
  • DG Election Task Team recommendations of viable
    election models drawing on HSRC-coordinated
    surveys and comparative studies
  • EEPR Analysis of employment-related databases
    informing planning and priority-setting in
    several sector education and training authorities
    (SETAs)

14
Selected research impacts - 2
  • EPR Policy-relevant recommendations and advice
    to improve the implementation of the National
    Qualifications Framework and new curriculum in
    schools
  • KM Internationally prescribed survey of human
    and material resources available and required for
    research and development in South Africa
  • SAMM The introduction of a geo-referenced master
    sample allowing repeat-visit surveys for
    monitoring and tracking policy impact, commencing
    with HIV/AIDS survey
  • SCI Pioneering consideration of the import of
    the international Human Genome initiative for
    Africa, embracing ethical, legal and educational
    dimensions

15
Selected research impacts - 3
  • SAHA Path-breaking findings from the Nelson
    Mandela/HSRC study on HIV/AIDS presented to
    Cabinet Ministers, Departments, portfolio
    committees and the media
  • HRD Study of factors affecting choices of Grade
    12 learners regarding tertiary education
    signalled perceptions relevant to the national
    plan for higher education
  • IRRD Research with key players in the cotton
    industry enabled the DoA to address this industry
    as first sub-sector under the new strategic plan
    for SA agriculture

16
Outreach and Collaboration
  • Science Councils
  • CSIR RD survey work, SATPOR, local governance
    capacity-building
  • MRC HIV/AIDS surveys, health promotion
  • MINTEK Resource-based technology clusters
  • ARC Land and food security
  • International and EU
  • SAHARA, UNESCO, WHO, Paris21 etc. partnerships
  • US networks to support NIH, NIDA-funded research
  • NEPAD
  • Regional projects, e.g. HIV/AIDS, assessment
  • Research for African peer-review process
  • COHORT integrated Development Strategy
  • Tertiary collaborations on majority of SA
    projects

17
Portfolio Committee query
  • What strategically important projects would the
    HSRC undertake if more Parliamentary grant were
    available?

18
Areas for additional financial support
  • Three examples
  • Research support for national HRD strategy
  • Poverty reduction mission in RD strategy
  • Social aspects of HIV/AIDS research
  • Common features
  • Responsive to national development priorities and
    DST RD strategy
  • Extensive collaboration and interaction with
    peers, stakeholders and users
  • Additional funds and capacity leveraged on basis
    of parliamentary funding

19
Areas for additional financial support
1. Research support for national HRD strategy
  • Three-year ring-fenced allocation from DST with
    potential long-term benefits (ends March 2004?)
  • Biennial analysis of HRD developments
  • twenty chapters spanning issues in education,
    labour, technology, industry
  • will be launched mid-2003 to serve as baseline
    for future monitoring at 2-yearly intervals
  • Cross-sectoral data warehouse
  • adds value to management information systems of
    Depts. of Education and Labour and StatsSA
  • a wide array of information made accessible in
    the public domain
  • Continued R5 m p.a. will ensure sustainability

20
Areas for additional financial support
2. Support for the poverty reduction mission
  • SATPOR (Science and Technology for Poverty
    Reduction) responds to poverty reduction mission
    in RD strategy
  • Collaboration between DST, Science Councils and
    Higher Ed. Representatives
  • Main planning areas Develop knowledge, Knowledge
    management and innovation, Extract knowledge,
    Process excellence
  • R 2 m envisaged from earmarked DST funding for
    the one HSRC planning area

21
Areas for additional financial support
3. Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS research
  • Pioneering national sample survey of HIV
    prevalence, risky behaviours and campaign
    awareness
  • Repeat visits to households in eighteen months
    using master sample
  • Findings presented to Cabinet Ministers,
    government departments a portfolio committee and
    the media. Government committed to using the
    results to improve planning

The results of the survey by the HSRC and Nelson
Mandela Foundation give cause for hope as well as
reason to intensify action to combat HIV/AIDS
through implementation of our comprehensive
programme... Government media release, 5
December 2002
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Areas for additional financial support
3. Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS research
  • Dedicated research programme with cross-cutting
    issues addressed in other HSRC programmes
  • Prevention of mother-to-child transmission
  • Discourse patterns on HIV/AIDS and death
  • Risky adolescent behaviour and appropriate
    community interventions
  • Employment sector studies and forecasting
  • HIV/AIDS and land utilisation, food production
    and consumption
  • Child indicator system to monitor childrens
    health development and well-being as well as
    relevant policies

23
Areas for additional financial support
3. Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS research
  • SAHARA ( Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research
    Alliance) acknowledged as network of excellence
    in national RD strategy
  • Leveraging funding Kellogg grant to support
    researched-based interventions benefiting orphans
    and vulnerable children in three countries
  • Soon after startup, impact of pioneering studies
    already evident
  • Additional funding will ensure scale,
    integration, collaboration and dissemination of
    research as demanded by the epidemic

24
And now, the future
  • Structured research-support relationships with
    strategic users e.g. Presidency, Treasury,
    Umsobomvu, Social Development
  • Further linkage of projects into programmes for
    enhanced impact, on pattern of SAHARA, HRD
  • Make research findings more accessible
    different languages, modes and media
  • Expanding support for collaboration in Africa on
    NEPAD projects, e.g. GARDS project in COHORT
  • Innovative Professional development, e.g. 10 of
    each researchers time earmarked for publications

25
And now, the future
  • Expansion of internship programmes, staff growth
    linked to equity targets
  • Enterprise-wide information management system
  • Roll-out new uniform terms and conditions of
    employment, programme for HIV/AIDS in the
    workplace
  • Forthcoming institutional review, appointment of
    new Council and possible new legislation

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