I’m working on developing a social audit framework for the education sector. A social audit, simply put, refers to a performance assessment of whether a policy measure is delivering what it intends and claims to, along non-monetary parameters.
So far, I have devised a definition of social audit in an attempt to supplement the limited literature I found while trying to understand the process. In doing so, I administered a questionnaire- to those in the education space and outside. I hope to incorporate into this definition the stakeholders’ idea of what a social audit should look like.
Being a law student, I really wanted to be able to situate the law in coming up with a social audit framework for our schooling system. A study of various provisions of the RTE allowed me to derive 14 parameters from within the statute that should be subjected to social audit. These parameters, amongst others, also include School Management Committees, which themselves are performance-monitoring bodies established under the RTE.
From here on, my next step will be to collect some primary data from various stakeholders within the education system: teachers, parents, students and school-owners.
If anyone has any inputs on the area of study, I’d be more than glad to hear more! [firstname.lastname@example.org]