Civic collaboration is in motion, just as the systems that govern responses to the complexity of global ‘grand challenges’ are perpetually in motion. On February 6, 2018, the Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results – Anglophone Africa (CLEAR-AA) hosted a workshop, funded by the Twende Mbele project, to determine what collaborative space potentially exists between Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Government for strengthening of the National Evaluation System (NES) in South Africa. This workshop constituted one of a series of interventions, held in Benin and Uganda in 2017. A wide range of thought leaders in the South African (SA) Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) space contributed immensely to discussions centred on the entrenched epistemologies in the field of M&E. Central to these discussions was the critical question of what space there is, for ‘epistemological jailbreak 1 ’ in the way that practitioners think about Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). Clearly we are living in a time of unprecedented opportunity for CSOs and government to drive results-based development agendas to achieve sustainable change. In particular, the accelerating emergence of CSOs in areas that are central to the progressive realisation of countries’ national agendas, are a lodestar pointing to the fact that the relationship between government and CSOs can in fact run far deeper, at a systems level.
By Susan Lado
By Khotso Tsotsotso and Siyabonga Sibiya
The 2018 Padkos series kick started with a presentation that sought to share experiences on an evaluation project tracing beneficiaries of training programmes funded by one of the Sector Education Training Authority (SETA) in South Africa. Padkos sessions are designed to provide staff with a platform that promotes robust engaged learning, critical thinking and knowledge sharing which is a significant part of CLEAR-AAs vision of being a learning organisation. The presentation reflected on common challenges within evaluation projects and potential ways of addressing these, with the intention of learning through anecdotal experiences. Read more Padkos Blog
By Mokgophana Ramasobana and Candice Morkel
The Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results – Anglophone Africa (CLEAR-AA-AA) in collaboration with Wits University launched the Development Evaluation Training Programme in Africa (DETPA) on 14 August 2017. This was in response to the high demand for Evaluation Capacity Building (ECB) across the African continent. Training is a critical component of CLEAR-AA’s Evaluation Capacity Development model and the DETPA represents one of its interventions aiming to build a cohort of African evaluators and practitioners to strengthen evaluation practice on the continent.
By Caitlin Mapitsa
At the recent conference of the South Africa Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA), I attended a stream on lessons learned from Evaluation Case Studies. At CLEAR, we often struggle with how to codify and synthesize our evaluation tools, approaches, and experiences, therefore I joined the stream in the hope of learning from other organisations’ case studies.
My impressions from the stream are as follows: (more…)
By Caitlin Mapitsa
Under the leadership of Professor Chilisa and Afrea, CLEAR-AA has been exploring what is meant by “evaluation made in Africa.” While we have various hypotheses about what is regionally specific and relevant for innovating in terms of methods and systems, we have struggled to build a cohesive research agenda to explore this.
When I heard that Professor Chilisa was at Wits for a conference on Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS), I jumped at the opportunity to present our work and share knowledge.