As part of the National Science Challenge (NSC) Impact Analysis, the first Stakeholders’ Engagement Workshop was held on 16 January 2020.
The Workshop was attended by NSC stakeholders such as the mentor teachers, officers from state education departments and also from the organising committee. Everyone presented their experience with NSC from their point of view, from the preliminary level, up to the Grand Final of the science competition.
From this experience sharing, any weaknesses and shortcomings were identified. Also, recommendations that were put forth will be recorded to be Included in the findings of the Impact Analysis.
In the effort to review the overall implementation and repackage National Science Challenge (NSC) for the improvement of the programme, an Impact Analysis for NSC was carried out.
The NSC Impact Analysis will cover the implementation of the science competition from its implementation in 2008 until 2018.
The objectives of this impact analysis are:
- To assess the extent to which NSC’s objectives have been met;
- To determine whether NSC has brought about a change;
- To obtain results and information that will be included in the ASM Strategic Plan 2021 – 2030;
- To prepare information to be used to in the sponsorship drive.
Aside from stakeholders’ engagement workshops, other proposed mechanisms for the Impact Analysis include questionnaires, interviews as well as data collection from the ten years of NSC’s implementation.
The Impact Analysis will be led by Dr Noor Syamilah Zakaria, Associate Professor at the Department of Counsellor Education and Counselling Psychology, Universiti Putra Malaysia.
As the leader of the Impact Analysis, Dr Noor Syamilah’s role includes:
- Strategise and develop the appropriate methodology for the Impact Analysis Study of NSC competition since its implementation;
- Gather relevant data and input from the survey, stakeholder engagement workshops and interviews from relevant stakeholders;
- Facilitate and analyse the data and input gathered from the survey, stakeholder engagement workshops and interviews using appropriate statistical tools, or any other analytical procedure deemed suitable;
- Translate the data and input into a report that will be presented to the ASM Exco in May 2020.