RNTC Impact Study 2000-2015
RNTC conducted research among participants focusing on trainings held between 2000 and 2015 to explore the long-term impacts of these trainings on participants careers by 2020.
RNTC, the internationally renowned training centre of RNW Media, conducted research into the long-term impact of RNTC training on participants media careers. A survey was shared among participants focusing on trainings held between 2000 and 2015 to explore the long term impacts of these trainings on participants careers by 2020.
Over half of RNTC alumni indicate a "significant impact" on their career
With over 50 years of experience, RNTC Media Training Centre provides training and coaching in media for social change. RNTC goes beyond traditional media and campaigning, combining research and powerful theory, professional practice and creative innovation. We recently conducted research into the long-term impact of RNTC training on participants media careers.
Between 2000 and 2015, RNTC provided trainings for 1,687 trainees who were based in 111 countries. In September 2020, an impact survey was sent to 1,593 of them in order to investigate the long-term impact of RNTC trainings on their participants. By 9 February 2021, RNTC received a total of 187 responses, representing approximately 12% of RNTC alumni's total.
There was a good gender balance in those that responded to the survey (53% female vs. 47% male). Most of the alumni fell between the ages of 25-34 (45%), 35-44 (36%) or 45-54 (15%) when they received trainings, with alumni being in 44 countries across 6 continents. On individual level, half of the alumni (50%) were working or living in Africa at the time they received the training, and most of the rest (43%) were based in Asia.
Positive Impact on Career Development
All alumni agreed that their career development had been impacted by their trainings in a positive way. In fact, a predominant portion of the responses showed that alumni benefited from the trainings to a great extent- slightly more than half (51%) of the alumni indicated that the positive impact on their career had been significant and 43% reported considerable impact.
Contact maintenance is also an interesting perspective to assess training impact. Participation in RNTC trainings proved to be beneficial to alumni’s network development. 76% of the alumni remain in close and 33% sporadically. Specifically, 50% of the alumni grew their professional network as a result of their attendance at RNTC trainings.
54% of alumni would happily participate in a training again if they see an opportunity. 47% of the alumni endeavoured to return to RNTC, as they either applied for a new training opportunity (albeit not receiving a scholarship) or managed to attend another training.
Alumni were asked to rate their attended trainings again looking back at the experience today. By their ratings on a 10-point scale (1 being the lowest score and 10 the highest): 37% of them gave the full rating of 10, 33% gave a 9 and 21% an 8. Almost half (49%) of the alumni applied the learnings to a significant extent; with 43% of the alumni applying them considerably.
Download here the summary of the RNTC Long-term Impact Study.