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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Participate in municipal policy making and analysis processes 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
255574  Participate in municipal policy making and analysis processes 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Administration 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Public Administration 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for learners working within a local government structure, who participate in municipal governance and have been elected as municipal councillors, where the acquisition of competence against this standard will add value to one's job and managerial capabilities. The completion of this standard will provide the learner with an understanding of the principles underpinning policy making in general or specific fields of the local government sector. The learner will also be equipped to complete policy formulation within own work context.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Demonstrating a basic understanding of and apply theories and concepts relating to policy design, implementation and evaluation.
  • Demonstrating a basic understanding of policy design or improvement success factors.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of local government policy interventions.
  • Evaluating the requirements of a valid by-law. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate a basic understanding of and apply theories and concepts relating to policy design, implementation and evaluation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose and history of policy design, implementation and evaluation in the local government context is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Factors that policy makers need to know to ensure effective policy design are identified and explained with examples in relation to current policy design requirements and existing frameworks in own local government context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Types of research questions and problems relating to current policy design needs are discussed in the context of current local government objectives, trends and strategies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Methods for practicing, orienting and structuring policy and programme evaluation research are identified according to appropriateness for local government environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Practicing, orienting, and structuring evaluation research include, but are not limited to, the purpose and history of policy design, implementation, evaluation, impact evaluation, process evaluation, types of research questions/problems, what policy makers need to know.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate a basic understanding of policy design or improvement success factors. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The relationship between policy failure and policy design is understood and discussed with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The elements of effective design and improvements are explained with examples relating to local government policies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Contexts for, and patterns in, policy design decision-making are understood and described in relation to own local government context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Policy design literature and resources are analysed and discussed in the context of the current policy design debate. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of local government policy interventions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Local government policy administration is discussed and analysed in line with its uses and in relation to the implementation, monitoring and evaluation thereof. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The limits to successful public policy implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and the reasons for local government policy implementation failures are understood and explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Methods of improving the performance of local government policy implementation, monitoring and evaluation are identified and applied to future and existing programmes within own work context. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Evaluate the requirements of a valid by-law. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The transformation of policy into legally compliant by-laws and other relevant legislation and resolutions is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Municipal by-law and resolutions are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The processes and methods for effectively evaluating the efficacy of the requirements of a valid by-law are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The requirements of a by-law in own work context are evaluated and a report is submitted based on the evaluation and findings. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The learner must demonstrate an understanding of:
  • The Public Services Act.
  • The Municipal Systems Act and the Municipal Structures Act.
  • The Promotion of Administrative Justice Act.
  • The Promotion of Access the Information Act.
  • The Batho-Pele White Paper on Transforming Public Sector Service Delivery.
  • Public Sector Corporate Governance policies and procedures.
  • Public Finance Management act.
  • The basic principles and theories of policy analysis and design.
  • Concepts and models relating to local government policy and programme design.
  • Monitoring and evaluation methods and techniques.
  • Basic policy planning and implementation techniques and methods.
  • Basic policy research tools. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking processes reviewing local government policies and their related programmes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community to implement, monitor and evaluate local government policies. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly in order to participate effectively in policy design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and improvement processes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information in order to participate in basic policy evaluation processes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion to effectively implement and gain buy-in to local government policies and their related programmes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility to the environment and health of others, as a tool to monitor and evaluate local government policies and programmes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of interrelated systems by recognising that problem solving contexts relating the local government policy design and implementation do not exist in isolation and that a variety of factors, sensitivities, stakeholders and politics may impact on overall efficacy thereof. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Participate as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities by ensuring that local government policies and related programmes benefit the wider public. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  67467   National Certificate: Municipal Governance  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.