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The following articles appear in the evaluation category

 
Final Evaluation of the National Initiative for Civic and Voters Education (NICE) Project in Malawi (Phase II, 2000 – 2006) for the European Union

Matthew and David conducted the final evaluation of the NICE Project (Phase II) in Malawi over a two month period in August and September, 2006. The main purpose of the requested final evaluation of NICE II (funded by the European Delegation in Malawi) was to assess how far the purpose and expected results of the project, as expressed in the ...


Review the of Functioning of Donor Coordination Forum on HIV and AIDS

Matthew was commissioned by the National Department of Health’s Donor Coordination Forum (DCF) to undertake a review of the role and functions of the forum. The review included making recommendations regarding the existing structure and operations to ensure the forum becomes more effective in achieving its objectives. The study began in October 2006 and concluded with a presentation of proposed ...


Investigating the depth of public participation in the Gauteng Integrated Development Planning (IDP) processes, and deepening its impact on IDP development for the Gauteng Department of Local Government

David and Nobi, working with Hein Marais (author of South Africa: Limits to change) have won a tender to assess the nature of public participation in IDPs – the legally-created instrument and set of attendant processes that are meant to ensure the public participates in setting their own development priorities, which should cascade upwards to ensure that Provincial growth & ...


Management review of the Anglican church of southern Africa HIV and AIDS office

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) HIV and AIDS Office commissioned Matthew to undertake a management review of the Office. The review included making recommendations regarding the existing structure and operations to ensure the Office becomes more effective in achieving its objectives. This rapid review was conducted over approximately 3 weeks, beginning on 5th March and concluding on 30th ...


Aid Effectiveness: Trends and Impacts of Shifting Financial Flows and Aid Effectiveness to Civil Society Organisations in Southern Africa

The study was carried out by the Chr. Michelsen Institute (Norway) in co-operation with Strategy & Tactics for the Southern Africa Trust. The team was composed of Elling N. TjØnneland and S&T partner Nobayethi Dube. The study was aimed at generating systematic knowledge and insight about the changes in aid policies and how they are affecting donor support to civil ...


Equity Development Programmes Part 2: 'Just as you start to grow they cut you down'

For the past three years S&T have been tracking the progress participants have been making in equity development programmes (EDPs) at four South African higher education institutions. The EDPs have taken many different forms, but they typically have the central objective of developing a new generation of female and black academics. Programmes differ significantly in terms of duration, management, funding and focus although they tend to recruit participants who are either at the post-graduate or post-doctoral level and the programme usually supports the participant for the first couple of years of their academic career to ensure they are retained (Cloete & Galant, 2004).


Equity development programmes (part 1): "Just as you start to grow they cut you down"

For the past three years S&T have been tracking the progress participants have been making in equity development programmes (EDPs) at four South African higher education institutions. The EDPs have taken many different forms, but they typically have the central objective of developing a new generation of female and black academics. Programmes differ significantly in terms of duration, management, funding and focus although they tend to recruit participants who are either at the post-graduate or post-doctoral level and the programme usually supports the participant for the first couple of years of their academic career to ensure they are retained (Cloete & Galant, 2004).


Evaluating the learnership programme

Strategy & Tactics were commissioned to undertake a baseline evaluation of the learnership programme, focusing mainly on an assessment of beneficiary (enterprise and individual) perspectives of learnerships.


Governance, Justice, Law & Order Sector Reform Programme: Kenya

S&T partner David Everatt is the Team leader for the Advisory Team of Kenya’s massive Governance, Justice, Law & Order Sector Reform programme (GJLOS-RP), and will be leading bi-annual Review teams through to 2009. In this, S&T is continuing our highly successful partnership with South Consulting (Nairobi), which stretches back to 1999.


Official evaluators of the Learnership programme

In recent months much has been said in the media about the role and performance of the 25 Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs), those agencies at the centre of operationalising the government's national skills development strategy. The thrust of much of this attention has been around the failure of SETAs to deliver on their mandate. As a result there has been talk, and indeed the drafting of some proposals, about merging some of the SETAs so that delivery can be streamlined and, therefore, more effective and efficient.


A decade of democracy: South Africa in review — Part two Social movements

David Everatt reviews the 10 years since the democratic general election of 1994. Part 3 of this 4 part series.


Evaluating the dapartment of labour's learnership programme

In a previous edition, we reported that S&T was commissioned to undertake an evaluation of the Department of Labour's Learnership Programme, a key aspect of the Labour Market Skills Development Programme (LMSDP). The overall objective of the LMSDP is to improve the standard of living and the reduction of poverty through increased employment and the establishment of sustainable small, medium and micro enterprises. The programme seeks to increase levels of knowledge, competencies and flexibility amongst South Africa 's economically active population.


A decade of democracy : South Africa in review — Part Two

David Everatt reviews the 10 years since the democratic general election of 1994. Part 2 of this 4 part series.


Evaluating Victim Empowerment Projects – Part Two

The VEP (Victim Empowerment Projects) fieldwork was completed in November 2003. As indicated in the last edition of Phatlalatsa most projects were funded prior to 1999. This was quite a challenge since S&T had to trace all the organisations that were provided with funding.


S&T wins competitive tender to evaluate services standards in the Public Service

S&T were recently awarded a 13-month contract by the Public Services Commission to evaluate services standards in every single government department including the President's office. This critically important job will see S&T staff visit 130 national and provincial departments across the country.


Updating the Atlantic Philanthropies' 'Annual Review'

S&T has a long-standing and fruitful relationship with Atlantic Philanthropies (AP), as readers of Phatlalatsa will know. Earlier this year, we were asked to update the Annual Review for AP, a first edition of which had reviewed 2002. For the 2003 update, the Review had to cover not just socio-political, economic and human rights issues, but was extended to cover key issues in the public health sector.


Evaluating Victim Empowerment Projects

Nobi recently successfully tendered for an impact analysis of the Department of Social Development's (Socdev) Victim Empowerment Projects (VEP). This significant initiative by Socdev was born out of the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS), first implemented in 1996. The VEPs have been implemented in all nine provinces, all of which aimed to address the diverse needs of the victims of violence and crime.


A decade of democracy: South Africa in review — Part One

David Everatt reviews the 10 years since the democratic general election of 1994. Part 1 of this 4 part series.


HIV/AIDS and the church

The Interfaith Community Development Association (ICDA) together with Strategy & Tactics (S&T) recently completed a study to understand the role of the church with regards to HIV/AIDS for the Department of Social Development in the Gauteng Province.


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.


Review of a UCT Equity Development Programme

Matthew has just completed a review of the University of Cape Town’s Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) department’s Equity Development Programme (EDP), and is about to lead a 3-year S&T tracking project for The Transatlantic Philanthropies.


Providing research and evaluation services to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF) supports projects and programmes in four key areas: leadership and excellence, the well being of children, children with disabilities, and education and development. The Fund has recently changed focus and carefully scrutinises the developmental impact of its funding. Strategy & Tactics has been commissioned to conduct two separate projects for the Fund - a review of the Winterveldt Alliance and an environmental scan of programmes dealing with children and youth at risk. Nobayethi Dube (in charge of the Winterveldt evaluation) and Jowie Mulaudzi (running the environmental scan) briefly outline the respective projects.


Review of the DoE/CHET’s Effective Governance Project

Matthew recently completed a review of the Effective Governance Project established by the Centre for Higher Education (CHET), in consultation with the National Department of Education (DoE). He describes the project.


Evaluating RAP – 85

S&T evaluated the Rural Anti-poverty Programme (RAP-85) – Jowie Mulaudzi summarises the findings:


S&T and insideout assess the impact of JUPMET training on the Public Sector

S&T, in conjunction with insideout (a dynamic, all-women evaluation team), are completing a strategic assessment of the impact of the programmes offered by the six universities that make up the Joint Universities Public Management Education Trust (JUPMET) consortium. The specific aim of JUPMET is to empower management in the public sector.


Discrimination

Every day people living with HIV or AIDS face one problem after another because of discrimination. People struggle to get access to proper medical treatment, school for children, shelter, work and food. It is difficult to buy a house because it is impossible to get insurance. The children and families of those with HIV or AIDS face harsh words from friends or colleagues. The current stigma attached to HIV/AIDS can compound existing levels of discrimination on the basis of race, class, sex and so on.


Empowerment Opportunities & the role of women in the Consolidated Municipal Infrastructure Programme

S & T senior partner Moagi Ntsime looks at the role of women in labour intensive infrastructure delivery projects within the Consolidated Municipal Infrastructure Programme (CMIP), managed by the Department of Provincial and Local Government (DPLG.


Research into lump sum payments for the RAF Commission

Senior partner Ross Jennings has just completed a fascinating project for the RAF Commission.


Researching the nature and extent of HIV/AIDS discrimination in South Africa for the Department of Health

S&T, in partnership with the AIDS LAW project of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at Wits University, won a tender from the Department of Health to assess the extent and nature of discrimination against people with HIV and/or AIDS. The project will be run by Ross Jennings and Jowie Mulaudzi.


Colin Relf: an Englishman abroad

All the S&T partners had the privilege of working with Colin Relf, an internationally renowned evaluator and programme manager. When we were awarded the RAP-85 evaluation by the Department of Public Works earlier this year, our first thought was: ‘How do we get Colin involved?’ Sadly, this won’t be possible. Nonetheless, I hear Colin’s voice - usually reminding me not to commit some elementary error - every day as we focus on public works and eradicating poverty, two issues close to Colin’s heart.


Evaluation of Rural Anti-Poverty Programme (RAP)

Jowie Maluaudzi describes the evaluation of RAP-85 just started by S&T.


AIDS and Development

David Everatt has prepared the following research paper for the National Department of Public Works to present at the International AIDS Conference.


HIV/AIDS

Surveys that we have conducted over the last decade have found increasing numbers of South Africans whose lives are being directly touched by HIV/AIDS.


Evaluating social programmes: a key component of S&T's work

In the last newsletter we explored the M (monitoring) in M&E, and outlined the numerous projects S&T has been involved in. In this newsletter we explore the E (evaluation) in M&E and explain why we think evaluation is the cornerstone of any project.


Gauteng CBPWP Directorate workshop

The Gauteng Directorate of the Community Based Public Works Programme (CBPWP) is in the process of putting in place new systems and new staff. S&T assisted the Directorate to review its performance to date, focusing on issues relating to personnel, expectations, challenges and problems and agreeing on a proposed strategy.


I L O Tracer study

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Department of Public Works (DPW) under the Realigned Community Based Public Works Programme has approached S&T for a tracer study to assess the impact of the training provided by the DPW. In particular they want to know if it has an impact on the economic situation of trainees.


Public Works Programme monitored and evaluated

Since 1994/95, the Department of Public Works has focused not simply on delivery, but on delivery with special concern for poor communities. Methods of uplifting poor communities have involved community empowerment, community participation in identifying projects, project management, poverty alleviation, and post-project involvement of local communities. During all these processes, important lessons were accumulated, and were used in re-aligning the Department's Community-Based Public Works Programme (CBPWP). The issue of monitoring emerged as central to the successful realisation of the other components of the CBPWP.


S&T evaluates programme for evicted farm workers

Strategy and Tactics and South Consulting were commissioned by the European Union to conduct an evaluation of the farm workers eviction programme. The programme is aimed at assisting farm workers who have been threatened or have been evicted by farmers after having worked and stayed on a farm for longer than 10 years. S&T’s Nobayethi Dube describes the project.


Youth Development Initiatives (YDIs)

S&T’s Nobayethi Dube, Jowie Mulaudzi and David Everatt were involved in an evaluation of the innovative Youth Development Initiative in Gauteng. Nobayethi tells us about the project, and some of the findings.


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.


Evaluation for Development

S&T partner Nobayethi Dube recently attended an evaluation training workshop conducted by Prof Patton, which she describes.


Assessing and strengthening church-based responses to HIV/AIDS

The Gauteng Department of Social Services & Population Development has commissioned S&T and the Interfaith Community Development Association to map and evaluate church responses to HIV/AIDS in the province. S&T partner Nobayethi Dube is project manager and describes the project.


Measuring debt and helping rehabilitation

S&T partner Ross Jennings managed a fast turn-around project for Mongi Mali Solutions, in which S&T measured levels of debt, the impact it has on workers, and how to help tackle the problem.


S&T continues to provide high-level support & analysis to the Department of Labour

S&T's long and successful involvement in the Labour Market Skills Development Programme is deepening, explains Cape Town partner Matthew Smith.


Review of a UCT Equity Development Programme

Matthew has recently completed a review of the University of Cape Town's Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) department's Equity Development Programme (EDP), and is about to lead the 3-year S&T tracking project for The Atlantic Philanthropies.


S&T & Higher Education

A number of partners at S&T are involved in a wide range of projects in the higher education sector, which Matthew Smith reviews here.


Challenges in evaluating ANTI-POVERTY PROGRAMMES

S&T partner Ross Jennings has considerable experience in evaluating small development projects and large development programmes. In this article he outlines some of the key challenges he has encountered.


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.


Transition to democracy - The role of civic education in Kenya

Karuti Kanyinga and Carl Wesselink of South Consulting in Nairobi describe the evolution and impact of civic education in Kenya, and argue that the imminent election will be the true test of how effective civic education has been.


HIV/AIDS & discrimination

According to the 12th National HIV and Syphilis Sero-prevalence survey of women attending public antenatal clinics in South Africa, an estimated 4.74 million South Africans had HIV by the end of 2001. Every day people living with HIV/AIDS face a variety of problems because of discrimination. The Department of Health has recognised that fear of discrimination is a significant obstacle to persons coming forward for counselling, testing, support and treatment.


Development aid to South Africa

South Africa's importance for promoting economic growth and poverty reduction in Southern Africa should be the main focus in future development assistance concludes a recent review of Norwegian development assistance to South Africa. The review, which S&T helped conduct, was led by Elling TjØnneland of the Christian Michelsen Institute (CMI) and Pundy Pillay, the former deputy director-general in the President's office. In this article, a summary of a CMI Policy Brief written by Elling, we highlight the major findings of the review. The report itself – From Aid to Partnership – A Joint Review of Norwegian South African Development Co-operation 1995-2001 – is available from www.cmi.no/public/2003/R2003-01.htm .


Assessing recruitment procedures for the Zivuseni anti-poverty programme

In the last edition of Phatlalatsa, Moagi Ntsime described S&T's role in the Zivuseni Gauteng poverty alleviation programme. Here he describes two diagnostic evaluation studies focusing on recruitment procedures and the extent to which the programme reaches its intended beneficiary group.


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