DEFINITION 1: People, groups or entities that have a role and interest in the objectives and implementation of a VET policy or programme. They include the community whose situation the policy or programme seeks to change; staff who implement activities; policy and programme managers who oversee implementation; decision-makers who decide the course of action related to the policy or programme; and supporters, critics and other persons who influence the policy or programme environment.
SOURCE: Adapted from Handbook on monitoring and evaluating for results, Evaluation Office, UNDP, NY, 2002.
DEFINITION 2: An interested party is a person or group that has a stake in the success or performance of an organization. Interested parties may be directly affected by the organization or actively concerned about its performance. Interested parties can come from inside or outside of the organization. Examples of interested parties include VET providers, VET learners, VET teachers/trainers, employees, unions, or members of the general public. Interested parties are also referred to as stakeholders.
SOURCE: Adapted from ISO 9000, 9001, and 9004 Quality management definitions. Praxiom Research Group Limited (2001-2010)
RELATED TERMS: VET provider, teacher, trainer