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Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) worldwide are investing significant resources in strategic planning and self study programs to improve institutional performance. Both are expensive undertakings in terms of the time invested by participants and it is not unusual to see both programs underway in a HEI at the same time. The underlying knowledge produced about the challenges facing the Institution and the necessary responses can be broadly similar although their methodologies and presentation may differ. This paper reports on the comparative effectiveness of three strategic planning and three self study programs undertaken in one HEI over an 8 year timeframe under a number of criteria. It discusses the introduction of a nationally agreed Performance Management and Development Systems for academic staff in Ireland. Based on the findings from this study the paper presents a model for an integrated planning and evaluation framework and the rationale behind it is discussed. Conclusions are drawn and areas for further research are identified.
Lillis, Deirdre: Steering by engagement:towards an integrated planning and evaluation framework in Higher Education Institutes. European Forum for Quality Assurance Munich, November,2006.