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Archive for 2016

The holiday season – a time to see, hear and love

15 December 2016

The buzz in the room was overwhelming. It was the dreaded 14h00 graveyard session of a late November workshop for the evaluation of the Older Persons’ Act. I was astounded by the energy and enthusiasm of the discussion. They just could not stop talking, and if I allowed them, they […]

Creative Qualitative Data Collection tools in practice

29 November 2016

Earlier this month, our team facilitated the first session of our new training workshop series, Evaluation Innovations in Practice.     The session, titled Creative Qualitative Data Collection Tools, brought together 20 participants from government departments, NGOs and M&E consultants, which resulted in rich conversations about creative ways to collect […]

Don’t waste a crisis – It’s an opportunity for partnerships and change

21 November 2016

It was mid-November and Gauteng has been declared a disaster area. Heavy rains and flash floods in the preceding week had created chaos, loss of life and extensive damage to property and infrastructure. Amidst the horrific reports of children swept away by the floods and families tirelessly searching for missing […]

How to conduct data collection in culturally sensitive communities

11 November 2016

Collecting fieldwork data has its challenges. Regardless of the context there is much logistical and technical work that goes into preparing and carrying out the task. To ensure successful and quality data collection it’s important that fieldworkers understand and are aware of the culture and tradition of the area where […]

Evaluation Innovations in Practice – Join the workshop

28 October 2016

Innovative workshop series in Cape Town for development practitioners, researchers, evaluators, consultants, government officials, and emerging evaluators. Click here to find out more.

The struggle against forgetting: Trevor Manuel addresses some of South Africa’s key issues

28 October 2016

On Friday 21st October the Ubuntu Foundation hosted a business networking breakfast in collaboration with MMI Holdings and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Cape Town. Trevor Manuel, guest speaker for the event, addressed a number of issues on what he called the challenging times in South Africa at the moment. The […]

5 Trends we saw at SAMEA’s 2016 Capacity Development Workshop Series

26 October 2016

At our recent Biorhythm and Life Cycle of Programme Evaluation workshop, Creative Consulting & Development Works shared expert guidelines and insights for managing evaluations both from perspective of the commissioner and the evaluator. The workshop was held on 6th and 7th October 2016 and focused on developing terms of reference, […]

Working With Appreciative Inquiry: The Day We Dropped The D-Bomb

26 October 2016

We walked into an airy boardroom in a leafy Pretoria suburb one morning and decided: “today, we will do it!” The previous week in Cape Town, it hadn’t felt right to drop the D-bomb among a stern group of economists. This time, it was different. We followed through with the […]

Why Have Local Fieldworkers on a Project?

6 October 2016

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. — Nelson Mandela In the research and evaluation space, practitioners are need to adapt to the local context in which projects […]

Safety In The Field: Mitigating Risks In High Risk Areas

27 September 2016

Although much of our work focuses on vulnerable populations, evaluators, researchers, social scientists and development practitioners often minimise the risks of going into high risk areas. We work with communities who are welcoming and share our intentions to keep them and the field work team safe. Why is there risk? […]