Creative Consulting & Development Works

We are a research, evaluation and communications consultancy, servicing nonprofits, governments and donors with innovative solutions within the development context.

Workshops and Training

CC&DW has successfully completed 7 training workshops this year. Our last workshop titled “Creative Data Visualisation” will be held at the SAMEA Pre-Conference Capacity Building Workshop Series in October. Who should attend: individuals involved in presenting data, including researchers, M&E practitioners and programme officers. Book your place today.

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Monitoring and Evaluation Design


Based on 15 years of experience training and supporting various organizations in the US, Africa and Asia, we have designed a practical, engaging and customized M&E workshop just for you.

We recognize that every organization is unique and that generic M&E trainings may not be the most useful approach, so we work within a flexible yet guided structure that provides a foundation for understanding core M&E concepts, and then engages with your monitoring and evaluation needs and challenges through interactive conversations, games and mini-lectures.

We value and recognise the need to ensure that what is learned is applied not through case studies, but to your actual organizational M&E needs, so that you leave with a firm understanding of how to apply M&E in your organization and tangible ideas on which to continue building your M&E.

When you leave this two-day workshop, you will leave with:

Who should do this course? Project and programme officers or managers, donors and grants managers. If you’d like to leave with a solid outline of your M&E framework, ideally more than one representative from your organisation should attend.


Working with Grand Challenges: How to be a social innovator


The wicked problems facing the world today – whether it is climate change, education or health care challenges – have been researched and described in detail. Despite all our knowledge, understanding and experience in working with these problems, we just can’t seem to solve them on a systemic level. Why is that? How did we get here? What do we do now? These questions are explored in detail in this course.

Since the dawn of the Enlightenment, we have been taught to see the world and its workings as similar to that of a machine. We strive to work in organisations that are “well-oiled machines” and we aspire to running projects like “clock-work.” (Westley, Zimmerman, & Patton, 2009). Despite our best efforts, the real world does not always conform to our strategic plans, our protocols and success indicators.

Maybe the way that we think about problems is a fundamental part of “the problem.” For over 50 years, advances in science has begun to paint a very different picture of the world, challenging the view that people operate in the same way as machines, and that projects in the social world can be managed in the same way as a skyscraper building project.

Systems thinking and complexity theory are helping us to understand that the world is an unpredictable, evolving and complex place. We can learn much more from the tiniest of builders about making sense of the world, getting things done and solving complex problems.

At the end of this course, you will:

Who should do this course? Government and NGO managers. Donors and grants managers. Social entrepreneurs. People that are ready to question their own worldviews, to rattle the cage, to start making a difference in their organisations, communities and companies.


Evaluation Design, Management and Ethics

This course provides a foundation for those involved in designing and implementing evaluations as well as those managing evaluations. The three interrelated modules engage in a practical yet thoughtful manner with the subject matter from the perspective of both evaluators and those managing evaluations: creating the best possible design within the limitations of time and budget is a familiar dilemma; managing evaluations seems simple, but in fact requires a complex set of competencies; and ethics is embedded in everything, and an integral part of building professional evaluation competence.

The course is designed to bring together all these aspects and to get you thinking proactively and creatively about the exciting challenges inherent in this work.

Who should attend: government employees, consultants, graduates and students of M&E, local and international funders, and NGO employees in the development sector.


We are preparing our 2018 bringing industry training and career development in research, monitoring and evaluation to business, organisations and staff.


The Expert Facilitators


Fia van Rensburg — Senior Researcher and Evaluator

Fia has experience of adult learning, training and capacity development, in the public, private and NGO sector. She has managed training programmes in public the public sector, lectured in the private sector, and presents workshops in the NGO sector. She has a keen interest in making learning accessible, and her knowledge of neuro-linguistic representation styles and learning preferences preferences enriches her facilitation skills.

Earlier exposure to writing unit standards and competence in designing and conducting assessments ensures that she is able to develop and conduct outcomes-based learning experiences. She is passionate about human development, and is committed to life-long learning.


Lindie Botha

Lindie has been working in the development sector since 1998, gaining experience in Europe, West, East – and Southern Africa and holds an MSc in Development Management. She has designed and evaluated award-winning projects and worked with a variety of actors, including government, local community groups, networks, international NGOs, corporates, donors, etc. Her areas of expertise include research, capacity building, organisational development, grant compliance, project management and setting up M&E systems.

Lindie’s passion is supporting social innovators to improve their management capacity and to build strong organisations. Lindie is a Learning Convener of monthly Organisational Development “Corner events” for the South African Organization Development Network (SAODN) in Gauteng.

She has over 15 years of experience in training and facilitation in the NGO and corporate sectors. Lindie is a PHD student at UCT’s Graduate School of Business and has showcased her work at international conferences. She is interested in how complexity – as sytems thinking can enhance evaluation practice and program management. In 2014 she won a “best paper award” for her paper “Truth 2.0: Upgrading mental models for better evaluation practice” presented at the annual European Evaluation Society conference in Dublin. Lindie is a member of the South African Organization Development Network, South African Monitoring & Evaluation Association, European Evaluation Society and European Group for Organization Studies.


Donna Podems, PhD

Donna Podems brings 20 years of experience working with governments, civil society, nongovernmental groups, international donors, and foundations to conduct monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning and training. She holds a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies focused on Programme Evaluation and Organizational Development, and a Masters degree in Public Administration.

She has lived and/or worked in the United States, Botswana, Burma, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Jordan, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of South Africa, Senegal, Somaliland, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Bosnia, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Belize, Nicaragua, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, USA, and Vietnam.

She conducts her work across a range of technical areas including agriculture, HIV/AIDS, TB, health systems, youth interventions, education, human rights, environment, orphans and vulnerable children, community needs, and women’s empowerment.

Her research focus is on evaluator competencies, process use, and feminist evaluation. Dr. Podems is a current Board Member for the American Evaluation Association (AEA), past Board Member for the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA), and past Chairperson for the AEA’s International Committee and the Feminist Evaluation TIG. She is a member of AEA, IDEAs, and SAMEA.


Leanne Adams — Researcher and Evaluator

Leanne has developed qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation skills including evaluation methodology, Theory of Change development and advanced statistical analysis over the past three years, including strong experience in developing and evaluating M&E systems for social programmes for both non-governmental and public sector clients. She has for the collection of qualitative and quantitative data in the health sector, and co-facilitated our successful workshop at SAMEA’s capacity building conference in 2016.

Her main focus areas include education, health, and gender equality.

Leanne holds a Master of Philosophy in Programme Monitoring and Evaluation from the University of Cape Town, an Honours degree specialising in Psychology and is a member of the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association.


Fatima Mathiva — Research and Evaluation Assistant

Fatima worked as a research assistant and online editorial contributor for three years before joining CC&DW and considers herself a jack of most trades bringing analytical, digital content and research skills. She has been part of our vibrant training facilitation team since 2016.

At CC&DW, Fatima predominantly focuses on the planning and running of programme evaluations, supports training and facilitation and produces online content.

She has a Masters in Development Studies and is currently completing her Masters in Programme Evaluation.

Register for our training courses:

Which trainings would you like to attend in Cape Town?

Applied MERL (with Lindie Botha): 13 - 14 JuneM&E Design Workshop, including Theory of Change and Logic Modelling (with Donna Podems): 18 - 19 JulyWorking with Grand Challenges - How to be a social innovator (with Lindie Botha): 17 - 18 AugEvaluation Design, Management and Ethics: 12 - 14 September

Which trainings would you like to attend in Pretoria?

Applied MERL (with Lindie Botha): 20 - 21 JuneM&E Design Workshop, including Theory of Change and Logic Modelling (with Donna Podems): 25 - 26 JulyWorking with Grand Challenges - How to be a social innovator (with Lindie Botha): 23 - 24 AugEvaluation Design, Management and Ethics: 19 - 21 September

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