The Global Tracer Facility provides a consistent, standardised mechanism to generate high quality information on Australia Awards alumni. It provides a strong evidence base for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to evaluate the impact of the Australia Awards on alumni and, by implication, on their home institutions and countries.

Research

The Global Tracer Facility is engaging with alumni of Australian development scholarships and fellowships to collect information about the way in which they have used the skills and knowledge gained during their scholarship to progress development in their countries and strengthen networks with Australia.

Each year the Facility:

  • conducts an Annual Tracer Survey, with online and telephone collection of the views and experiences of more than 1000 alumni from approximately 20 different countries;
  • undertakes up to five in-country case studies, involving in-depth interviews with alumni, employers and other stakeholders;
  • collects and updates contact information for alumni; and
  • compiles research relating to the evaluation of scholarship programs, and outcomes of alumni in a research repository.

In Year 1 (July 2016–June 2017) the Facility:

  • interviewed alumni from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s online and via telephone;
  • visited Fiji, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Nepal for Case Studies exploring the outcomes of scholars from the 1950s to the mid-1990s.

In Year 2 (July 2017–June 2018) the Facility will:

  • interview alumni from 1996 to 2005 online and via telephone;
  • visit and conduct Case Studies in Vanuatu,  Mongolia, Solomon Islands, Indonesia and China, with the focus on alumni who studied in Australia from 2006 to 2010.

Research approach

The Facility is using an explanatory sequential mixed methods approach for its research design, simplified in the diagram below. Each year a different cohort of alumni will be the focus of the Tracer Survey. The following year, this cohort will provide subjects for the Global Tracer Facility’s Case Studies.

Research approach diagram

Alumni Privacy

The Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility’s Alumni Privacy Statement is published on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s website.