Monitoring & evaluation


­­­­2015 is the Year of Evaluation and in this section the Policy Action Network (PAN) provides updates and a range of publications on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), particularly in the South African context. PAN promotes the use of evidence in decision-making across government departments and recognises the wealth of information that becomes available through M&E processes in government. Subscribers can submit recommended documents online or send to [email protected]

Related publications

This policy brief argues for a policy direction to develop a culture of formative assessment through what is termed ANA Professional Development (ANA_PD) programmes.

South Africa has a high enrolment rate and a high investment rate in education (about 5 per cent of GDP), but education is still of unsatisfactory quality. This policy brief proposes wider usage of value-added assessment (VAA) and analysis (which provides a more reliable estimate of the value added – the extent to which schools make a difference in their learners’ achievement levels) in policy decision-making.

Provides an overview of approaches to monitoring and evaluating policy influence, based on an exploratory review of the literature and selected interviews with expert informants, as well as ongoing discussions and advisory projects for policy-makers and practitioners who also face the challenges of monitoring and evaluation.

Sets out the top tips to transform monitoring and evaluation from a box-ticking exercise into a major organisational asset, and shares the story of how the monitoring system ‘Views’ was developed.

This report presents the findings of a research team’s analysis of a specially designed survey fielded in rural and urban areas of 5 South African provinces, supporting the rigorous impact assessment of how access to the CSG affects key aspects of child and adolescent well-being.  Also refer to the executive summary and the policy brief, South Africa’s Child Support Grant: Overall findings from an integrated qualitative-quantitative evaluation

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In 2010 government established the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency, recently renamed the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. Many monitoring systems have been established, and this is the first annual report on the National Evaluation System.

evidence use in policymaking

A collection of open-access articles on the use of evidence in policymaking from Palgrave Communications

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The First Decade of Freedom Review, conducted by government in 2003, assessing how far the new government’s Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) key objectives  which are: meeting basic needs, building the economy, democratising the state and society, developing human resources and nation building. Have been met through the work of its five clusters.

PAN:Children is hosting a Colloquium on lone mothers, social security and dignity in South Africa on 6 June 2014 at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in Pretoria. The purpose of this colloquium is to share results from DFID/ESRC -funded project that is nearing completion and to discuss with the attendees the emerging findings and policy implications. The project entitled ' Lone mothers in South Africa- The role of social security in respecting and protecting dignity' was led by Professor Noble at the University of Oxford and involved collaborations with colleagues at the Human Sciences Research Council and the University of the Western Cape. This event is for stakeholders in government and civil society.

All countries in the world acknowledge the universality of the right to education and South Africa (SA) is no exception. According to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) as Resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989,(2) every child has a right to free and compulsory basic education. How successful has SA been in ensuring the realisation of this right? Does the legal, political, economic and social environment in the country promote or constrain this right? Above all, based on what is currently happening in the country, can it be convincingly concluded that the state is committed to the fulfilment of this right for every child? This CAI paper looks at the current South African education environment and examines if such an environment promotes or constrains the realisation of the right to education. CONTINUE READING

This paper provides a brief review of Mexico’s progressive movement from a sectoral to a governmentwide M&E system. It highlights the critical institutional reforms introduced, the policy decisions, and the most important operational steps that were taken, offering an account of the political context within which such changes and decisions were possible. The paper emphasizes the specific role of the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Policy (CONEVAL) as an innovative development, which furthered institutionalization of evaluation and a results focus at the federal government level through the implementation of the System for Performance Evaluation (SED). A quick review of the governmentwide system’s strengths and main challenges for the future is offered. Some lessons for other countries and conclusions follow.

On 29–30 September 2016 Results for All, an initiative of Results for America, partnered with Nesta’s Alliance for Useful Evidence to host Evidence Works 2016: A Global Forum for Government. This invitation-only forum took place at the Royal Society in London, UK, with the support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Evidence Works 2016 convened senior officials from government, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), and philanthropic organisations to engage in dialogue and exchange ideas about the policies and practices governments around the world are putting in place to promote the use of evidence and data in policymaking to improve outcomes for citizens and communities.

On 1 and 2 June 2015 the University of Johannesburg's Building Capacity for Using Research Evidence (BCURE) project hosted a two-day workshop for partners interested in the use of research in decision-making in government. Presentations are attached for your interest.

In October 2012 UKCDS, DFID and IDRC convened a workshop to help themselves and other funders explore and better understand the options for and challenges of evaluating the impact of their research programmes. The workshop brought together experts with practical experience of designing, testing or using tools and methodologies specifically for research impact evaluation. Experts were asked to profile different methods and identify where they work well and what are their limitations.

The aim was to map the principle options for research impact evaluation while noting gaps where more, or different, techniques may be required. This resource aims to provide an accessible, structured synthesis of the workshop content, supplemented by additional material and links assembled by the convening organisations. It is not designed as a comprehensive account of the available tools and approaches for evaluating research impact and methods are not reviewed or commended.

In this first issue of From Evidence to Action for 2012, we look at networks and, specifically, the role they play in changing policy. Our feature article, Getting the most out of policy networks, examines what a network actually is and what makes them effective. Through the example of the Regional Network on Equity in Health in Southern Africa, EQUINET, our case study further explores how to build networks and how they can be used to influence policy. We also find out more about the Policy Action Network, how to manage a Community of Practice. 

Government policy & legislation

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In 2010 government established the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency, recently renamed the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. Many monitoring systems have been established, and this is the first annual report on the National Evaluation System.