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Survey of Gauteng ANC members and in-depth interviews with leaders of the tripartite alliance

Strategy & Tactics has undertaken polling research for the ANC since we were formed almost a decade ago, and in late 2006 we were asked to survey paid-up members of the ANC in Gauteng – in essence, the activist core of the movement. The methodology was complex, requiring us to attend specified ANC branch meetings stratified by region, identify paid-up ...

Success indicators of community participation in development projects (Part 1)

Our new CEO, Nobi, describes how to involve the community in developing success indicators for development projects.

A scoping study on xenophobia

Atlantic Philanthropies ( South Africa ), appoints Strategy and Tactics (S&T) to manage a scoping study on xenophobia and human rights abuses in the handling of refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants, by government agencies.

S&T surveying individual giving for Centre for Civil Society

S&T was invited to submit a tender for a large, complex applied research project by the Centre for Civil Society (CCS), run by Professor Adam Habib at the University of Natal. We were extremely pleased to win the job, and David Everatt has joined the project team, which includes Deborah Ewing, Steven Friedman, Mandla Seloane, Mark Swilling, Brij Maharaj, and Annsilla Nyar, as the project manager. The focus of the project is on resources that are available and those that can be mobilised in future around poverty and development.

Citizen satisfaction with service delivery

So how satisfied are South Africans with service delivery in this country? S&T recently completed a citizen satisfaction (CS) survey on behalf of the Public Service Commission (PSC) to gauge satisfaction levels amongst citizens who had experienced the services delivered by four national departments, namely the departments of Education, Health, Housing and Social Development. The overview report and the separate reports for each department can be downloaded from the PSC website: www.psc.gov.za

Evaluating the Community Based Public Works Programme

S&T Senior Partner David Everatt summarises the complex set of services that S&T will be providing to the National Department of Public Works.

Piloting a youth job-creation project for The Sirius Development Foundation

S&T was commissioned by the Sirius Development Foundation to draft an implementation strategy for an innovative job-creation project. S&T Senior Partner David Everatt outlines the challenges.

S&T finalises the Kenyan "State of the Nation" Survey

Over 8 000 adult Kenyans, randomly drawn from all provinces and Districts in the country, were interviewed on a range of subjects ranging from socio-political to economic to development issues.

Innovative logframe planning for the WK Kellogg Foundation Africa Programme

David and Matthew are currently assisting the W K Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) Africa programme develop a programme-wide monitoring and evaluation strategy.

Efficient and Effective Justice via e-Justice

Matthew Smith has been working with the Department of Justice to develop a programme logframe and roll-out plan, as well as designing an M&E system, for the e-Justice programme launched in June.

Access, selection and admission to Higher Education: Maximising the use of the school-leaving examination

Matthew Smith, in conjunction with Nan Yeld and Peter Dawes at the University of Cape Town, recently published an article in the South African Journal of Higher Education (vol.13 no. 3, 97-104) based on their ongoing research to find ways to increase equitable access to institutions of higher education in South Africa.

The article discusses a particular component of this research which aims to find a reliable means of selection to Higher Education (HE) that (i) maximises the use of the school-leaving examination rather than undermines it, (ii) effectively widens access for historically disadvantaged students, and (iii) is cost-effective and logistically manageable.

Programme Definition Mission for Danida, Kenya

David Everatt has been appointed Team Leader for a Programme Definition Mission in Kenya, working for the Royal Danish Embassy. The project - like our work for DFID in Kenya last year - is being managed by South Consulting.

Logframes can be useful

In the last edition of the newsletter we discussed the basics of Project Cycle Management, and explained that the central feature of this approach is the logframe. In many instances logframes are constructed by officials who feel they are only doing this work because the funder insists on a logframe, and so they grow to resent anything to do with logframes. Anything imposed from outside, without being properly explained and integrated, will appear burdensome. Logframes, because of their technical language, are easily hated. In this article we outline the useful role a logframe can play in the design of a monitoring and evaluation system for one’s project or programme.

Poverty Alleviation: Baseline data for the R85 Million Rapid Anti-Poverty (RAP) Programme

The National Department of Public Works (NDPW) implemented a Rapid Anti- Poverty Programme in KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Province and Eastern Cape in 1997/98. The programme was a 'fast-track' one, aimed at alleviating poverty in the rural areas of the three provinces.

National Enterprise Survey

This is part of a study of investment in South Africa commissioned by the Cabinet Investment Cluster, a Cabinet sub-committee chaired by Minister Alec Erwin. The study has been designed to understand the views of business - large and small - about the current business climate and its effects on investment.

Community profiles in the three poorest provinces

Nobayethi Dube tells us more about S&T's involvement in this project.

Quantitative training for ANC officials

S&T was commissioned by the ANC to design, conduct and analyse 24 focus groups across South Africa, as part of a broader capacity-building initiative, in which David and Ross ran a two-day workshop training ANC provincial staff in quantitative analysis, complemented by the focus groups.

Evaluating the Gauteng Youth Development Initiatives

S&T has been commissioned by the Joint Enrichment Project (JEP) to undertake a formative evaluation of the Youth Development Initiative (YDI) of the Department of Welfare (DoW). The DoW set up the YDIs via its poverty alleviation programme. The YDIs, located in Bekkersdal, Cullinan, Daveyton, Dobsonville, Deep South, and Lanseria, are youth businesses that pay a social wage and re-direct profits to community development.

Project Cycle Management and the art of Log-frame Analysis

The widely-used strategic planning tool, Project Cycle Management, along with the Logical Framework approach, can ensure quality design for projects, and is simple to apply and monitor. S&T has been using it in the design of M and E systems for a number of government departments. Matthew Smith explains how it works

Baseline studies

S&T recently completed the 'Reality Check' study for the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Independent Newspaper group. Our completion of Project Readiness Assessments for all projects being funded by the Independent Development Trust on behalf of the Department of Welfare comprises an organisational baseline. Our partners have been involved in key baseline studies in the past, in the areas of youth, health, gender and so on.

Undertaking a baseline survey in Kenya

S&T has been working in Kenya for the last 18 months, but we have now been commissioned to undertake the most exciting project yet: a development baseline survey for the group of Northern donors supporting civic education in Kenya. S&T Senior Partner Ross Jennings describes the project.

S&T continues to provide quality election-

From the time that S&T was established, the ANC Elections Department have used our services for election-related research as well as training and capacity building for staff. This began with S&T being given responsibility for KwaZulu-Natal polling prior to the 1999 general election, and included qualitative assessments of election materials. We also provided training in qualitative and quantitative research methodology for provincial ANC election personnel. In 2000, S&T was commissioned by the ANC to undertake an extensive qualitative study for the local elections.

Public Perceptions of higher education

S&T partner Matthew Smith is one of South Africa's leading education researchers, and reports here on some recent research projects he has been involved in.

The quiet revolution in a hidden market

Spaza shops are everywhere, but have you ever stopped to think what that must mean in financial terms? Matthew Smith is heading a study to help answer this and other questions, and describes the project below.

Profiling pilot sites for the Goelama Project of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund

S&T has an on-going relationship with the Fund. As reported in the last edition of Phatlalatsa, Nobayethi Dube and David Everatt evaluated the 'Winterveldt Alliance', a youth development project supported by the Fund, while Jowie Mulaudzi is currently managing a scoping exercise for the Fund focusing on provision for children and youth at risk.

The Kellogg Pilot

Readers of Phatlalatsa will know that S&T has been providing monitoring and evaluation services to the WK Kellogg Foundation Africa Programme for two years. This has included designing a multi-country baseline survey; S&T partner Nobayethi Dube describes the pilot phase, which she managed.

S&T leads an audit of sports, recreation, arts & culture facilities

S&T partner Moagi Ntsime describes a multi-agency audit of facilities for the Gauteng Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts & Culture.

Youth and voter registration in South Africa

The Independent Electoral Commission approached S&T to help understand what was limiting voter registration among youth, and design appropriate strategies for improving the situation. Jowie Mulaudzi describes the project.

Baseline data for Integrated systems management in the department of Justice

S&T has a long-standing relationship with the e-Justice programme, and we were approached to help gather qualitative data from senior managers for the ISM, the unit that provides strategic management services to e-Justice. S&T partner Nobayethi Dube ran the project, which she describes here.

The balanced scorecard

Matthew is currently assisting the Independent Projects Trust (IPT) in their initiative to make the Public Prosecution Authority in KwaZulu-Natal more efficient and effective. In this article, Iole Matthews from IPT and Matthew explain the system they are using to manage and monitor the two-year programme in KZN.

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