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Archive for 2017

The ‘urban/semi-urban/rural’ classification debate – is it still relevant and adequate for evaluators?

1 November 2017

Creative Consulting & Development Works (CC&DW) team members attended a SAMEA conference from 23rd-27th of October 2017 at the Hilton Hotel, Sandton Johannesburg. SAMEA (South African Monitoring & Evaluation Association) brings together delegates, from government, private sector, nonprofits, universities and international organisations to share knowledge on monitoring and evaluation. Fia […]

Dataviz enriches the research and evaluation landscape

1 November 2017

Creative Consulting & Development Works (CC&DW) facilitated a well attended one-day workshop on Creative Data Visualisation at the recent 6th Biennial SAMEA Pre-Conference Capacity Building Series. Participants included South African local, provincial and national government representatives, international agencies and nonprofits, all looking to start their journey with data visualisation, aka […]

The one word that summarises SAMEA 2017

1 November 2017

Itumeleng Ramano, CC&DW Project and Training Coordinator attended the recent SAMEA conference and took care of visitors to the CC&DW exhibition stand. She shares her experience and conference takeaways with us here. My role in CC&DW is that of a Project and Training Coordinator. My job entails that I am […]

The importance of evaluation in programme design

1 November 2017

A common theme across SAMEA’s many strands and amongst various stakeholders was that programme’s need to be designed with monitoring and evaluation in mind. Even though the social development community appears to be making promising inroads towards incorporating this as part of the programme design process, as evaluators, we find […]

A new ‘Gold Standard’ in evaluation design

1 November 2017

The word ‘gold standard’ is a contentious word when speaking about evaluation designs. Often, it refers to randomised control trials (RCTs), which are evaluation designs that replicate the experimental design in physical and biological sciences that help us to make causal claims. Some claim that this is the strongest and […]

Careers shape futures: supporting emerging evaluators

18 October 2017

Choosing a career path can be a daunting or exciting journey for anyone, young or old. But when you are younger, the possibilities are endless and exploring them can become life-changing. When Creative Consulting & Development Works (CC&DW) was approached by the South African Institute of International Affairs as well […]

The Courage to Learn

13 October 2017

It takes courage for a funder of a programme to receive feedback on what has worked, and what has not worked. It takes even more courage to share this with an audience that includes donors and other powerful stakeholders. This is what Zenex Foundation did at its Breakfast Seminar in […]

Evaluations enable learning: Zenex celebrates a milestone for the learner programme

10 October 2017

Late in 2014 Creative Consulting & Development Works (CC&DW) was contracted by the Zenex Foundation to do a comprehensive evaluation of the Zenex Learner Programme, as part of a 10-year retrospective review of the high school intervention programme. The Zenex Foundation will host a seminar on Wednesday 11 October in […]

BOOK YOUR SEAT TODAY! Creative data visualisation workshop at SAMEA

6 September 2017

The SAMEA 6th Biennial Pre-Conference Capacity Building Workshop Series will precede the 6th Biennial SAMEA Conference with the theme ‘‘Purpose-driven Monitoring and Evaluation’’ and features workshops by distinguished M&E professionals. CC&DW is proud to be selected as an M&E thought-leader and will host a 1-day workshop covering Data Visualisation. Dates: 23 October 2017 […]

Be a Part of our Customised, Practical and Engaging Technical Assistance in M&E Design

7 August 2017

We recently held a technical assistance session on M&E Design in Cape Town in July 2017. Have a look at what facilitator Dr Donna Podems highlighted as the main aims and objectives of this training: “Since every organisation is unique, we understand that generic training is not always the most useful […]