Client: Zenex Foundation
Duration: November 2014 – June 2017
Sector: Education, Math’s & Science, University access
Service provided: Clarificatory evaluation; Process evaluation; Outcome evaluation
CC&DW was appointed by the Zenex Foundation to conduct an evaluation study of the Zenex Learner Programme, which covers three of the projects funded by the Zenex Foundation under this programme, namely, Inkanyezi, ISASA M&E and Tsebo Educational Network. The evaluation monitors the progress and assesses the performance of the selected projects over three years of implementation, from 2014 to 2017. In addition, the evaluation is tracking past Zenex beneficiaries (alumni) who completed NSC in 2012 and 2014 to completion of their studies and/or into the world of work.
The evaluation follows a mixed-method approach, which combines the collection of primary data through face-to-face interviews, focus groups and an online survey with alumni with the collection, review and analysis of programme documents and monitoring records.
The outcomes evaluation follows a quasi-experimental pre- and post-test research design, in that the performance of the intervention group is compared with a comparison group in order to establish causality of programme results.
In year three of the evaluation, the team has been able to refine the Programme’s Theory of Change in a way that maximizes key stakeholder buy-in and consistency in the understanding of intended outcomes as well as the underlying assumptions on which the Programme is based. In addition, the evaluation team has been able to identify a number of enablers and barriers that affect Programme implementation and make recommendations on how to address them.