Creative Consulting & Development Works

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

Category: Research

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]