Creative Consulting & Development Works

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Category: Research

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 […]

Congratulations Duduzile! Our ‘lucky’ tablet winner

23 May 2017

Creative Consulting and Development Works was asked by the nonprofit organization, Management Sciences for Health, to conduct research on a newly developed movie targeting youth aged 18 to 35. The movie titled, The Lucky Specials, is a feature-length film (+- 2 hours) combining the best of fiction and nonfiction storytelling to demystify […]

Your groundbreaking data will go unnoticed if you can’t communicate its value

13 April 2017

Meet your Creative Data Visualisation facilitator, Fia van Rensburg who is based at our new Pretoria office. Fia has more than 18 years’ experience in the development sector, specializing in monitoring and evaluation. She has worked in provincial and national government as well as international organizations. In addition to core […]

Evaluation is serious business and learning about evaluation is serious fun

27 February 2017

We are serious about having fun when presenting our training workshops. While research and evaluation may come across as mundane to some, we have included appropriate experiential learning opportunities into our training workshops ensuring active as opposed to theory-based-only learning. Through our unique, interactive activities built into our training, we […]

The Importance of an Evaluability Assessment in Research Analysis

24 January 2017

An evaluability assessment (EA) is an assessment that helps to check whether a programme is ready for an evaluation and, if so, how the evaluation should be designed to ensure maximum efficacy and to allow evaluators to measure the programme’s effect accurately. But the assessment goes further than merely providing information […]

Ethics in research and how to handle socio-economic challenges in fieldwork

18 January 2017

Ethics in research are extremely important and should always be maintained to ensure that researchers conduct their work in a professional manner. Basically put, ethics are the rules that distinguish between “right” and “wrong”, “bad” and “good”, ethics are about the norms for conduct that distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable […]

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? […]

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 […]

10 tips for moving beyond community politics

19 October 2015

Research fieldwork can be daunting as it is, but when the community is not on your side, it can be near impossible. It is essential as a researcher conducting research in the field to strive to overcome this obstacle by acknowledging the importance of community buy-in. To have the community […]

CCR Public Dialogues: Homosexuality in Africa

24 October 2014

For more than a decade, Creative Consulting & Development Works has served as an incubator for emerging development practitioners by providing them with interesting and valuable internship placements in research, monitoring and evaluation, communications and project management.  if i could… offers internships that focus on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, […]