Inter-American Centre for Knowledge Development in Vocational Training
Carrying out tracer studies. VOLUME 6
Guide to anticipating and matching skills and jobs. Volume 6
This guide provides a step-by-step introduction to the wide range of different tracer study approaches and offers practical proposals for the key questions on how a tracer study should be designed: which graduates should be included; at what time after graduation should the tracer study be conducted; how can the graduates be contacted; what can be done if no valid addresses are available; which data collection methods should be used; what are the requirements and procedures of data analysis; and how can misinterpretations of findings be avoided?
The guide addresses the key problems of the usability of tracer studies: low response rates and high costs. For institutional tracer studies (those conducted by schools, colleges or universities) the guide provides practical solutions for achieving high response rate and low cost. A wide range of examples from different countries and sectors of education and training have been used in this guide.