An introduction to S&T
Welcome to our "About" page where we map out who
we are, what we do and the kind of organisation we are. Below
you will also find a short introduction to the work that we have
done. This is really a brief introduction to S&T and our work.
What is S&T?
Strategy & Tactics (S&T) is a development consultancy.
Our research skills range across design, fieldwork, analysis and
tailored recommendations, with specialist quantitative research
skills. We also have skilled facilitators and rapporteurs in-house.
We also design, implement and run monitoring systems, with project
facilitation and trouble-shooting skills. We can undertake an
entire job, from conceptualisation to completion, or individual
components of it. We frequently collaborate with local and international
consultants. Our partners have worked in a number of sub-Saharan
African countries. Our clients include government, NGOs, international
donor agencies, private sector companies and others.
We have five partners and a network of researchers
and consultants with specialised skills. S&T offices can be found
in Johannesburg and Cape Town. A senior partner works on every
job, in order to ensure the highest possible quality. We specialise
in designing, implementing and maintaining monitoring systems;
in small- and large-scale project and programme evaluation; in
project management; and in more conventional research outputs
like baseline studies, policy position papers and so on.
To transform the lives of people living in poverty in Africa.
To develop innovative solutions to development challenges in Africa through high quality research, designing monitoring systems, undertaking evaluations, programme design, facilitation, and support services. We are committed to producing quality, ethical work and add value by working in partnership with clients.
S&T monitoring experience
Monitoring is an integral part of performance evaluation,
establishing in an ongoing manner how projects are being implemented.
S&T has been involved in the design and/or implementation of monitoring
systems for key government anti-poverty programmes, including
the following: S&T was a part of the consortium that won the tender
to manage the R2bn Consolidated Municipal Infrastructure Fund
for the Department of Constitutional Development. We have responsibility
for the redesign and implementation of a monitoring and evaluation
We are a part of the National Programme Management
Team for the Community Based Public Works Programme of the Department
of Public Works where we were involved in the conceptualisation
of the monitoring system and are responsible for national monitoring
We were part of the Independent Development Trust's
team tasked with the design of a monitoring system to track the
Department of Welfare's Poverty Relief and Infrastructure Development
We have also designed monitoring systems for the
Labour Market Skills Development Programme, the Department of
Labour and others.
Experience in evaluation
Monitoring and evaluation are related but very different
activities. Evaluations are specifically designed research interventions,
which usually aim to answer specific questions. Formative and
summative evaluations are a key area of S&T's work. Recent evaluations
- Rapid review of the Department of Welfare's 'War on Poverty'
- Evaluating the Transmed medical aid scheme from the perspective
- S&T undertook a formative evaluation of the Youth Development
Initiative of the Department of Welfare and Joint Enrichment
S&T partners are frequently requested to participate
in policy research and drafting activities. Areas in which we
have recently been involved include:
- Drafting a Business Plan for the Youth Reconstruction Workforce
- Managing the Task Team that drafted the White Paper on National
Youth Service, attendant Business Plans and implementation
- Developing a coherent targeting strategy and budget allocation
methodology for the Department of Public Works
Experience in project management
S&T is involved both in project management and strategic
planning for project management. Our involvement in this arena
- S&T was part of the team - alongside ITAD (UK), GFA (Germany)
and Ratio (South Africa) - that won the tender to manage the
Labour Market Skills Development Programme, the largest single
EU technical grant in the world.
- We are members of the management team for CBPWP and CMIP.
- Team leaders for a DFID-supported project to develop a management
plan for civil society's role in the Kenyan Constitutional
- Project Management for the Isandla Institute's local government
performance monitoring system for the Department of Constitutional
- In managing the transformation Indicator Project on behalf
of the Centre of Higher Education Transformation, S&T has
assisted in the development of a set of indicators with which
to assess transformation at various tertiary institutions
over the past 5 years.
Other research experience
S&T partners have decades of experience between
them. We have been involved in a wide range of projects, including
the following recent interventions:
- 'Reality Check': On the eve of the second democratic election,
the Kaiser Family Foundation commissioned S&T to investigate
the differences and similarities between the outlook of different
groupings in South Africa.
- 'Investment in South Africa': S&T was commissioned by the
Office of the President to help design, implement and analyse
a national survey of 1 100 small, medium and micro enterprises.
The focus of the study was on factors that help and hinder
- 'Community profiles in the poorest provinces': We have undertaken
community profile surveys in District Councils where the Department
of Public Works is currently focusing its poverty alleviation
S&T partners are highly experienced in quantitative
surveys and multivariate statistical analysis. We also frequently
utilise qualitative methods, from focus groups to various participative
We have the great advantage of an in-house fieldwork
management team, who guarantee that S&T can maintain a 'hands-on'
approach throughout the research process.
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