Creative Consulting & Development Works

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Category: Community Development

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela: Dignity personified

24 July 2017

“A society that does not value its older people denies its roots and endangers its future. Let us strive to enhance their capacity to support themselves for as long as possible and, when they cannot do so anymore, to care for them.” ~ Nelson Mandela in a message announcing 1999 […]

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 […]

Professionalising M&E in South Africa

9 November 2015

A key point of discussion at the 5th Biennial SAMEA Conference was on professionalising Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) in South Africa. “There are polarising views from some of the forerunners in the industry,” says Shariefah Mahomed, Creative Consulting & Development Works Research Assistant. “There are strong arguments for both sides.  […]

Evaluation improves lives

9 November 2015

With the title “Using Evaluation to Improve People’s Lives”, the  5th Biennial SAMEA Conference invited participants to go back to the beginning and consider the fundamental questions of “why do we do what we do?” and “what are we trying to achieve?” “This year’s SAMEA Conference served as a debriefing […]