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How Should South Africa Strengthen Evaluation and Evaluators? Looking at experiences and perspectives from South Africa

31 July 2015
13:30 - 14:30

Dr Donna Podems

Date:  Friday, 31 July 
13:30  – 15:00
Venue:    VCRs, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of DST.

In the past decade evaluation associations and societies internationally have been focusing on ways to enhance professionalism in evaluation. The evaluation community has debated what professionalism means and discussed the pros and cons of various approaches to a process that would support professional accountability, enhance quality evaluation practice and support individual practitioners’ acquisition of knowledge and skills.

With funding from the Department for International Development (DFID), the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA) and the Presidency’s Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) embarked on an exploratory study on professionalising evaluation in South Africa.

This Evaluation Café shares the background to the study, shares some examples from around the world, and provides some early data from the South African research. After the short presentation we invite others to share their perspectives through questions during the Café, commenting on the SAMEA listserv and/or being willing to receive a short electronic survey.
Please feel free to RSVP Kate at by 25 July if you are interested in participating in this Evaluation Café.

The seminar may be attended in Pretoria, Cape Town or Durban

Cape Town: 12th Floor, Plein Park Building, Plein Street, Cape Town
Durban: 1st Floor, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor
Pretoria: Liziwe Cwati ,  1st  Floor, HSRC Building, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria