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How Politicians and Commissioners of Evaluation have “Captured” the evaluative space in SA

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By Takunda Chirau

Ever found yourself 6 months into the evaluation process, with an evaluation commissioner stating, “Find us evidence for us to shut this project down” and yourself as the evaluator wondering … “what just happened”?…..

In recent times, the word ‘capture’ has become synonymous with the South African political economy. For the purposes of this article, I have borrowed the term ‘capture’ to illustrate how South African politicians and or any other commissioners of evaluation capture evaluations. The theoretical explanation of ‘capture’ was defined by Sutch (2015:2) stated as “the actions of individuals or groups both in the public and private sectors, influencing the formation of laws, regulations, decrees and other government policies to their own personal advantage”.

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Invitation: Launch of Africa Centre for Evidence 09 October 2017

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Africa Centre for Evidence would like to extend an invitation to the official launch of the Centre.

Date: 09 October 2017

Time : 16h00 – 18h00

Venue: School of Tourism and Hospitality; University of Johannesburg; Bunting Road Campus

Click here for more information and RSVP ACE launch invite with map

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Theory of Change for Development: MOOC available from 1- 19 November 2017

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Learn to use Theory of Change approach to understand how your development programme contributes to change in complex settings.  Does monitoring and evaluation seem too technical? Are you grappling with logframes and indicators that don’t adequately tell the story of your programme?

This course will provide public and development managers, monitoring and evaluation practitioners, donor agencies, NGOs, academics, and other stakeholders with a toolkit to interrogate the process of change that they are engaged in.

The course will introduce you to Theory of Change approaches and principles. Click here to read more and register MOOC 2017 TOC

 

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Global Evidence Summit Satellite Session

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3ie Invites participants of the Global Evidence Summit to a free satellite session on 12 September 2017 from 14h00 – 17h00. The theme of the session is Capacity building to produce useful evidence: Who sets the agenda and what…Seats are limited, click here to register now.  http://mailchi.mp/b368401bae8e/ges-2017-invitation-satellite-session-on-capacity-building-to-produce-useful-evidence-12-september-1640657

 

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A Call for Visiting Research Fellows

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The Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR) in Anglophone Africa is a rapidly growing center of capacity development and research in the monitoring and evaluation field in the region. With five years of experience strengthening national monitoring and evaluation systems, and implementing monitoring and evaluation tools and approaches in a regional context, we have a wealth of experience and practice-based knowledge about regionally appropriate tools, approaches, and methods in monitoring and evaluation. We have taken many steps towards building a body of knowledge about the region, and are building partnerships with relevant institutions in the region to continue to strengthen M&E capacity. If you are interested in joining our Research Fellows Programme read more (more…)

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