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CLEAR-AA launches Development Evaluation Training Programme in Africa

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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.

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SAMEA 2017: Evaluation Case Studies Stream

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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…)

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Understanding parliamentarian’s incentives to engage with evidence, the parliamentarian’s compass.

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By Kieron Crawley

Over the last year and a half CLEAR AA has been working with parliamentarians across Africa as part of its strategy to strengthen national evaluation systems. Parliamentarians have a unique role acting as a both a source of demand for quality evaluations for oversight and as key players in creating an enabling environment for evaluation systems through enacting policies into law. Raising awareness amongst parliamentarians about the usefulness of evaluation as well as building their capacity to source and interpret evaluation evidence is the foundation of CLEAR’s programming in this area.

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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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How to Launch MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses)

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By Ezethu Mandlelize

Blended learning is the new buzz word gaining traction in the Evaluation Capacity Development (ECD) sector, conjoining the best of both classroom and eLearning methods. It is appealing to a far broader range of learners engaging varied learning styles, circumstances, needs and demands. It combines the support of classroom learning with the flexibility of eLearning. A number of benefits have been cited, in the main, that it is less time consuming, cost effective, greater learner engagement and it uses a combination of creative digital media channels. But, here’s the thing, through my personal experience in managing and delivering a CLEAR-AA MOOC that reached over 8000 online learners, on Results Based Management (RBM), I’ve decided to share with you, the reader, my personal experiences why MOOCs may not always receive the expected attention it deserves.

Wits has become the first university in Africa to offer MOOCs on edX, an online learning platform established by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012. The initiative is a response to the dire need for increased placement at South African universities and for access to quality post-school training. The Wits Vice-Chancellor touted our achievement as “a pioneering, innovative project that is unlocking new opportunities for South African universities.” The MOOC is an introductory RBM course targeted at public and development sector practitioners to design and implement results-based, public sector programmes that optimise the use of resources. (more…)

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