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This article is taken from the December 2000 Phatlalatsa newsletter

 

Diagnostic Evaluation Studies

The purpose of the studies are to investigate performance and impact around certain development issues at the project level. Throughout the lifetime of the Community Based Public Works Programme the Department needs to reconcile and assess the integrity of the data received from the cluster managers and project managers regarding the number of temporary jobs created, types of jobs performed by women at project level, and the extent to which the programme has empowered them. To address these issues the Department commissions regular random diagnostic assessments of the performance of certain clusters and projects on these issues. Two examples are as follows:

Social Facilitation

The aim was to understand the role the social facilitator has played in the CBPWP, in particular to establish the role the facilitator played in ensuring the

  • the provision of training to those who work on projects,
  • employment of women, the disabled and young people;
  • creating sustainable jobs among the poor;
  • ensuring that assets are sustainable and are used for the benefit of these communities; and
  • assisting the communities to get start-up funds for necessary equipment.

Nature of Temporary Jobs for Women

The aim was to gauge whether projects were meeting their gender targets, to assess whether pay equity targets were being met, and to explore how well women were received/ treated on the job. The key steps in this process were as follows:

  • establish the number of people employed on the projects, by project;
  • establish the number of women employed on the projects, by project (in comparison with men);
  • establish what types of temporary jobs women are being used in by type of job;
  • establish how much the women are being paid (in comparison with men);
  • establish how long, on average, the women work for? (compared to men).
 

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