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“Thinking evaluatively about social issues”!

28 August 2015
13:30 - 14:30



Dr Mark Abrahams
Founder member and past Chairperson of SAMEA

Date:  Friday, 28 August   

Time: 13:30  – 14:30

    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.

The development jargon of logical frameworks, benchmarks and indicators introduced by donors and governments alike, under the guise of sustainable development, has created an elite of research ‘knowers’ who unwittingly and tacitly engage in research practices and routines which reproduce familiar forms of life. In a real sense, ‘painting the fence while the house is burning’. Policies, programmes, and interventions aimed at addressing various needs in our country are not merely technical exercises that need tweaking through M&E.

They are deliberate acts involving endless negotiations by those with vested interests and shaped by historical factors, rules (written and unwritten), conventions (tradition and culture) and power structures.  What is the role of M&E in such environment(s)?  What are the essential building blocks for evaluation research? Let’s talk …
Please feel free to RSVP Kate at by 21 August 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