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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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What I learned from the Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) Conference

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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.

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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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