The Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL) and the Pacific Islands Centre for Public Administration (PICPA) will be collaborating on a research project that was signed on Wednesday 23rd of March 2016. With the assistance of PICPA, CFL will conduct regional research on the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) to improve quality and expand service delivery for Pacific Island Countries (PICs). This collaboration will greatly assist PICPA in identifying the ICT needs of the Public Sector in PICs with recommendations on how the use of ICTs can expedite services provided by them in the region.
A team from CFL has been identified to work on this research and at the end of the project the outcomes will be disseminated to stakeholders. The research will entail gathering data and information on selected PICs so that a representative sample is covered. The findings and recommendations from the research will then be presented at a high level Public Service Commissioners meeting in Palau from the 6-8th of August 2016.
PICPA has also engaged academics from the university in research areas related to Social Policy and Performance Management. At the official contract signing, CFL was represented by the Acting Director, Dhiraj Bhartu and Senior Learning Designer, Valentine Hazelman and Parmesh Chand, Director PICPA. The research is scheduled to commence in April 2016.