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Evaluating the national evaluation system in South Africa: what has been achieved in the first 5 years?

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dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-04T10:15:05Z
dc.date.available 2019-10-04T10:15:05Z
dc.date.issued 2019-10-04 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/14783
dc.description.abstract South Africa has pioneered national evaluation systems (NESs) along with Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Uganda and Benin. South Africa's National Evaluation Policy Framework (NEPF) was approved by Cabinet in November 2011. An evaluation of the NES started in September 2016.The purpose of the evaluation was to assess whether the NES had had an impact on the programmes and policies evaluated, the departments involved and other key stakeholders; and to determine how the system needs to be strengthened.The evaluation used a theory-based approach, including international benchmarking, five national and four provincial case studies, 112 key informant interviews, a survey with 86 responses and a cost-benefit analysis of a sample of evaluations.Since 2011, 67 national evaluations have been completed or are underway within the NES, covering over $10 billion of government expenditure. Seven of South Africa's nine provinces have provincial evaluation plans and 68 of 155 national and provincial departments have departmental evaluation plans. Hence, the system has spread widely but there are issues of quality and the time it takes to do evaluations. It was difficult to assess use but from the case studies it did appear that instrumental and process use were widespread. There appears to be a high return on evaluations of between R7 and R10 per rand invested. The NES evaluation recommendations on strengthening the system ranged from legislation to strengthen the mandate, greater resources for the NES, strengthening capacity development, communication and the tracking of use. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject EVALUATION STUDY en
dc.title Evaluating the national evaluation system in South Africa: what has been achieved in the first 5 years? en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber TBBBBB en
dc.Volume 7(1) en
dc.BudgetYear 2019/20 en
dc.ResearchGroup Service Delivery, Democracy and Governance en
dc.SourceTitle African Evaluation Journal en
dc.ArchiveNumber 10998 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 10108 en
dc.bibliographictitle Goldman, I., Deliwe, C.N., Taylor, S., Ishmail, Z., Smith, L., Masangu, T., Adams, C., Wilson, G., Fraser, D., Griessel, A., Waller, C., Dumisa, S., Wyatt, A. & Robertsen, J. (2019) Evaluating the national evaluation system in South Africa: what has been achieved in the first 5 years?. <i>African Evaluation Journal</i>. 7(1):Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2019 en
dc.contributor.author1 Goldman, I. en
dc.contributor.author2 Deliwe, C.N. en
dc.contributor.author3 Taylor, S. en
dc.contributor.author4 Ishmail, Z. en
dc.contributor.author5 Smith, L. en
dc.contributor.author6 Masangu, T. en
dc.contributor.author7 Adams, C. en
dc.contributor.author8 Wilson, G. en
dc.contributor.author9 Fraser, D. en
dc.contributor.author10 Griessel, A. en
dc.contributor.author11 Waller, C. en
dc.contributor.author12 Dumisa, S. en
dc.contributor.author13 Wyatt, A. en
dc.contributor.author14 Robertsen, J. en

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