Projects with data sets

Outcomes evaluation: SKILLZ Street Plus, a Grassroot Soccer initiative (SKILLZ) 2016
The study was an evaluation of a programme that combined girls' soccer with an educational curriculum that simultaneously tackled the issues of intimate partner choice, gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS prevention. The programme utilised a network of female soccer coaches to deliver the curriculum, mentor the girls and facilitate the soccer-based activities.
Perceptions of poverty and its manifestation in three provinces of South Africa (PPMSA) 2014
The HSRC was contracted by the NDA to carry out an assessment of the manifestation of poverty in the nine provinces of the country. This poverty study was based on the NIDS panel data set. To enhance the quantitative findings from the panel data set, a survey of the perceptions and attitudes of people in the three poorest provinces identified from the quantitative analysis, was done. The survey was therefore part of the bigger Poverty Manifestation Study. This is the data presented here. It was collected in Limpopo, Eastern Cape and KZN. The target populations were participants on NDA projects that were mainly concerned with income generation.
Quality Learning Project 2004: Improving learning in schools (QLP)
The Quality Learning Project (QLP) is a five-year school improvement project intended to facilitate educational change in South Africa by working with district officials, school management teams and educators
Randomized controlled trial of a couples-based intervention to increase testing for HIV among heterosexual couples (CIC) 2012-14 in Vulindlela, South Africa

The is need for HIV prevention interventions that: 1) target couples; 2) increase uptake of couples-based voluntary counselling and testing (CVCT) and 3) examine the role of relationship factors on testing and sexual behaviours. To address this need, this study will test the efficacy of a behavioural intervention program to increase uptake for couples-based VCT and reduce sexual risk behaviour for HIV among couples living in Vulindlela, South Africa. Saharan Africa.

siyaJabula siyaKhula's Learner regeneration project Mhinga in Limpopo (sJsK) 2013-14

In June 2011 siyaJabula siyaKhula (sJsK) applied for a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The subsequent grant award, from the USAID's School Capacity and Innovation Program (SCIP), was augmented by the Elma Foundation and enabled sJsK to expand and test a three-year language development intervention in primary schools. The grant also provided for an impact evaluation of the intervention by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).

Socio-economic impact of the global financial crisis on South Africa (OXFAM)
This study investigated the impacts of the global recession through its impacts on women, specifically poor women. The research therefore focused on the human and social dimensions of the crisis which are often drowned by research that centres on the macroeconomic progression of the crisis. In commissioning this work Oxfam was trying to respond to a research and monitoring gap that has been created by the dominate focus on national or macro-economic impacts of the crisis.
South Africa - Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE)

The multi-country Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE) is run by the World Health Organization's (WHO) Multi-Country Studies unit in the Innovation, Information, Evidence and Research Cluster in collaboration with various research organizations and Ministries of Health in some of the countries. SAGE is part of the unit's Longitudinal Study Programme which is compiling longitudinal data on the health and well-being of adult populations, and the ageing process, through primary data collection and secondary data analysis. SAGE baseline data (Wave 0, 2002/3) was collected as part of WHO's World Health Survey (WHS).
The data and documentation is available for download from the WHO website at

South African Election Satisfaction Survey (ESS)
The objective of the Election Satisfaction Survey (ESS) was to determine opinions and perceptions of both voters and election observers on election day. The main intention of the survey was to determine if elections were free and fair. A further aim of the study was to assess the operational efficiency of the Electoral Commission in managing the elections.
South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES-1) 2011-12
The South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES) was established as a continuous population health survey to address the changing health needs in the country and provide a broader and more comprehensive platform to study the health status of the nation on a regular basis.
South African National HIV Prevalence, HIV Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey (SABSSM)
South Africa continues to have the largest number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the world. This study intends to understand the determinants that lead South Africans to be vulnerable and susceptible to HIV, explore shifts over time against a complex of demographic and other variables, as well as allow for investigation of new areas.
South African National Innovation Survey (INNOV)
Innovation Surveys are currently designed to measure the extent of innovative activity in the industry and service sectors of the economy and are based on the guidelines of the OECD/Eurostat Oslo Manual and the core EU Community Innovation Survey (CIS) but are usually adapted by countries to meet particular country needs or conditions.
Innovation Surveys are a source of data for developing policies to enhance innovation. The South African Innovation Survey follows the international OECD/Eurostat guidelines and methodology and is based on the core CIS with modifications and a few particular questions for the South African environment. Following international methodology allows the results of the South African Innovation Survey to be usefully compared with the results from other countries.
South African National Survey of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at Publicly Funded Research Institutions - Inaugural Baseline Study (IP-TT): 2008-2014
The items selected for the body of this report reflect data from a maximum of 24 institutions (17 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and 7 Science Councils (SCs)), which answered the questions partially and fully.
South African Poverty indicators 1996 - 2001 (SAPI)
The objective of this study was to provide an overview of South African poverty indicators between 1996 and 2001. Those households living in poverty have sunk deeper into poverty and the gap between rich and poor has widened.
Socio-Economic data sets from official national censuses were compared. The data originates from census 1996 and 2001.
The geographical units were standardized to the 2001 municipal boundaries.
The data covers the whole country at a municipal level for different time perio
South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS)

The South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS) is a nationally representative, cross-sectional survey that has been conducted on an annual basis by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) since its inception in 2003.

SASAS was developed with international and local assistance, and modelled on similar long-standing attitudinal survey series in the UK (British Social Attitudes: BSA), USA (General Social Survey: GSS) and Germany (German Social Survey: ALLBUS). The SASAS series is respected as a research infrastructure that provides a unique, long-term account of the changing nature of public values in modern South Africa. It therefore represents an important tool for better understanding our society and promoting evidence-based policy.

South African Tourism Human Resource Development Skills Audit (THRD) 2016

The HSRC was commissioned by the National Department of Tourism (NDT) in partnership with Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) to undertake a Tourism Human Resource Development Skills Audit and to develop a Tourism Human Resource Development Strategy for South Africa.