Monitoring and evaluation of the Africa Drive Project
Strategy and Tactics (S&T) has been commissioned by the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), to do Monitoring and Evaluation of the Africa Drive Project (ADP).
Strategy and Tactics (S&T) was commissioned by the German
Technical Cooperation (GTZ), on behalf of the Africa Drive Project
(ADP), to render technical support on monitoring and evaluation for the
new project looking at alleviating the shortage of suitably qualified
teachers in the science, mathematics and technology (ICT) areas. Moagi
Ntsime and Matthew Smith have been involved in carrying out the
technical support to the project on M&E.
Key players in the project are; the Department of Education in the
North West Province, the North West University as the political owner
of the project, GTZ (German Technical Cooperation), SAP Corporate
Research, Siemens Business Services, the Department of Finance of the
North West Province, Paragon Development Forum, eDegree, Duxbury
Networking and Network Appliance.
This initiative marked the beginning of a new education and training
era for educators, through a scientifically based blended learning
approach that will contribute tangibly to the delivery of new cadres of
proficiently qualified science, mathematics, technology and business
professionals in Africa.
The project develops, tests and will rollout new blended
learner-centred learning strategies, utilising e-Learning (improving
access, delivery and management) for in-service educators to improve
their knowledge and skills (competencies) and to capacitate them to
integrate ICT into the delivery of learning to their learners
S&T's research brief
The terms of reference (ToRs) required S&T to design a framework
for monitoring and evaluation in the ADP, with a particular focus on
evaluating the impact of the programme as opposed to day-to-day
monitoring of the project. More specifically, the Monitoring and
Evaluation Task Team of the programme agreed that S&T must focus on
- Effectiveness of the Project Management Methodology
- Appropriateness of the blended e-Learning Model, including the appropriateness of the content.
- Effectiveness and efficiency of delivery of the model
- The nature of the technology being used and whether it meets the needs of the end users
- The cost-effectiveness of the technology and whether it is appropriate to the environment it is being used in
- Changes in attitude and behaviour of the participants in the project
- The sustainability of the project
The ToRs define three steps for developing a monitoring and
evaluation process and continuous M&E of the ADP project as follows:
- The identification and commissioning of a consultant and the activation of the Monitoring and Evaluation Task Team
- Development/refining of the project schedule of the Evaluation and Monitoring Task Team
- Identification of evaluation areas and criteria per subproject and for the overall project.
- Development of evaluation process/methodology/framework on which the evaluation and monitoring of the project will be based
- Implementation of the evaluation and monitoring process and continuous evaluation and monitoring of the project
- Continuous feedback
- Submission of final report that could be used as a model for the evaluation and monitoring of similar projects
- In line with these ToRs the draft evaluation and monitoring framework was presented to the sub-Project 6 Task Team.