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This article is taken from the December 2004 Phatlalatsa newsletter

 

Monitoring and evaluation of the Africa Drive Project

Monitoring and evaluation of the Africa Drive Project  imageStrategy 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 (students).

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 the following:

  • 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:

Phase One:

  • 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

Phase Two:

  • 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.
 

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