Creative Consulting & Development Works

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

Portfolio: Evaluation

We conduct independent evaluations and assessments of national and regional projects, programmes, development initiatives and communication campaigns and products. Using quantitative and qualitative research methods is at the core of our work. We strive to add value to public and private sector partners, donors and development organisations, by providing accurate, insightful and cost-effective solutions to enhance programme performance. We have evaluated donor-funded projects of all sizes, from small community initiatives to large $15 million USD multi-year programmes.

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Client: Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) an agency of National Treasury

Project: Strategic Review of Phase 1 of the Economies of Regions Learning Network (ERLN) Programme, with a view to improving the performance of the programme in Phase 2

Creative Consulting & Development Works (CC&DW) was appointed by GTAC and the Isandla Institute to conduct a strategic review of Phase 1 of the Economies of Regions Learning Network (ERLN). The ERLN aims to build capacity and to support the implementation of governments’ economic development agenda[1], and focuses on supporting […]

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Outcome Evaluation of the Global Fund OVC Programme

Client: NACOSA, NRASD, and National DSD
Project duration: September 2015 - June 2016

Project Outline: CC&DW was appointed by the Networking HIV/AIDS Community of South Africa (NACOSA), the National Religious Association for Social Development (NRASD), and the Department of Social Development (DSD) to conduct an outcome evaluation of the Global Fund Phase II Grant Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Programme. NRASD and NACOSA […]

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Development of a Monitoring and Evaluation System; Baseline and Needs Assessment for STTOP

Client: Sector Task Team for Older Persons (STTOP)
Project duration: May 2016 – November 2016

Sector: Older Persons Services: Monitoring and Evaluation; Research; Knowledge Management Creative Consulting and Development Works (CC&DW) was approached by Neighbourhood Old Age Homes (NOAH), a founding member of the Sector Task Team for Older Persons (STTOP), to a) develop a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system and b) conduct a baseline […]

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The Synergy Study – How are Economic Factors and HIV Risk Related? A Social-Ecological Exploration of the Relationship between Economic Factors and HIV Risk among Adolescents

Client: Family Health International 360
Project duration: March 2016 – July 2017

Sector: Community and Youth Development, Education, HIV/AIDS, Gender Services: Data Collection: Local Implementing Partner Working within the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in South Africa, the Accelerating Strategies for Practical Innovation and Research in Economic Strengthening (ASPIRES) project helps young people to build economic resilience and provides them […]

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Strategic Review of Phase 1 of the Economies of Regions Learning Network (ERLN) Programme, with a view to improving the performance of the programme in Phase 2

Client: Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) an agency of National Treasury
Project duration: March - June 2016

Creative Consulting & Development Works (CC&DW) was appointed by GTAC and the Isandla Institute to conduct a strategic review of Phase 1 of the Economies of Regions Learning Network (ERLN). The ERLN aims to build capacity and to support the implementation of governments’ economic development agenda[1], and focuses on supporting […]

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Formative Evaluation of the Municipal Capacity Development Programme (MCDP)

Client: Infrastructure Delivery Division of the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA), Anglo American (AA) and Investment Climate Facility (ICF)
Project duration: November 2015 — April 2016

Creative Consulting & Development Works (CC&DW) was contracted to conduct a Formative Evaluation of the DBSA MCDP at Programme and Project level. The programme aimed to implement necessary capacity building initiatives in Anglo American’s mining operations and labour sending areas with a purpose of building the requisite capabilities and enhancing […]

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Eden Health Strategy Development

Client: Western Cape Government: Health Eden District
Project duration: June – November, 2014

Sector: Public Health, Women’s Health Service provided: Strategy development Project Outline: In July 2014, the Western Cape Government: Health Eden District contracted Creative Consulting & Development Works (CC&DW) to develop a comprehensive Women’s Health Strategy for the Eden District, which was subsequently approved as a National Health Insurance (NHI) Pilot […]

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Eden Health Strategy Evaluation

Client: Western Cape Government: Health Eden District
Project duration: June 2015 – February 2016

Sector: Public Health, Women’s Health Service provided: Process evaluation Project Outline: In June 2015, the Western Cape Government: Health Eden District contracted CC&DW to conduct an assessment of the Women’s Health Strategy, which had been adopted by the Department in October 2014. The Western Cape Government: Health Eden District Management […]

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Evaluation of the Expanded Partnership Programme

Client: Western Cape Government: Department of Community Safety
Project duration: April – September 2014

Sector: Community Safety, violence prevention Service provided: Formative evaluation Project Outline: The Western Cape Government’s Provincial Strategic Objective 5 (PSO5)[1]: Increasing Safety emphasizes the importance of effective civilian oversight over the police as a strategy to improve policing in the province which should result in increased safety. Community Policing Forums […]

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Longitudinal evaluation of the ZENEX-funded Learner Programme

Client: Zenex Foundation
Project duration: November 2014 – June 2017

Sector: Education, Math’s & Science, University access Service provided: Clarificatory evaluation; Process evaluation; Outcome evaluation Project Outline: 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, […]

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The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)

Client: The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)
Project duration: April 2013 – January 2014

The primary purpose of the 2013 evaluation was to establish the achievements and impact of EDCTP’s support in strengthening ethics activities employed in various ethics programmes. Creative Consulting and Development Works (CC&DW) conducted a comprehensive and purposive evaluation of the EDCTP Ethics Grants Programme. The evaluation analysed the achievements of […]

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Evaluation of Service Centres for Older Persons in the Western Cape

Client: Western Cape Department of Social Development
Project duration: March 2015 – August 2015

In March 2015, Creative Consulting and Development Works (CC&DW) was appointed by the Western Cape Department of Social Development (WC DSD) to conduct an evaluation of service centres for older persons in the Western Cape. The evaluation, which was completed in August 2015, explored the needs of older persons, the […]

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Evaluation of the Disseminating Avahan Lessons in South Africa project (DALSA)

Client: Family Health International 360 (fhi360)
Project duration: April to June 2015

The evaluation served as an end-project assessment and review of the fhi360 DALSA project. The DALSA project consisted of adapting and replicating an Indian HIV/Aids prevention programme that was successfully implemented, in South Africa and Kwa-Zulu Natal specifically. The programme’s key focus (in both India and South Africa) was on […]

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Evaluation report of shelter services for victims of crime and violence in the Western Cape.

Client: Western Cape Department of Social Development (WC DSD)
Project duration: November 2014 to July 2015

The evaluation aimed to assess the services available at 13 WC DSD-funded shelters for victims of crime and violence within the Western Cape, funded by the provincial DSD’s Victim Empowerment Programme (VEP). Project Name: Evaluation report of shelter services for victims of crime and violence in the Western Cape. Client: Western Cape […]

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Needs Assessment of Youth-Friendly Health Services in the Klipfontein Area in Cape Town

Client: Salesian Life Choices
Project duration: March 2015 - May 2015

Creative Consulting and Development Works (CC&DW) was appointed by Salesian Life Choices to conduct a needs assessment for youth friendly services in the Klipfontein Area. The needs assessment was to inform one of the programmes run by the registered non-profit organisation (NPO), which has the goal of improving the health […]

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Mid-term Review of IJR 5-Year Strategic Plan

Client: Institute of Justice and Reconciliation (IJR)
Project duration: May 2014 to July 2014

In May 2014, Creative Consulting & Development Works (CC&DW) was appointed by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) to conduct a mid-term external evaluation of the Institute’s 5 year strategic plan (2012 – 2016). The aim of the evaluation was to identify whether the organisation is on track to […]

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Evaluation of the Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme (UISP)

Client: Department of Human Settlements (Western Cape Government)
Project duration: December 2013 to July 2014

The Western Cape Department of Human Settlements appointed Creative Consulting and Development Works to undertake an evaluation of the impact and extent to which the Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme (UISP) performed over the implementation period of 2007/08 – 2011/12. The evaluation aimed to assess how the UISP had (1) […]

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Evaluation of Museums of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport

Client: Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport
Project duration: March – May 2010

The Sub-Directorate: Museum Service of DCAS provides professional and technical assistance to 28 affiliated museums in the Western Cape. Project Name:   Evaluation of Museums of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport Client: Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport Project Duration: March – May 2010 Sector:  Tourism, Government Service provided: […]

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FNB Fund Community Care Programme Evaluation

Client: Tshikululu Social Investments
Project duration: April 2013 – January 2014

The FNB Fund Community Care Programme (CCP), through their corporate social management consultancy Tshikululu Social Investments (TSI), appointed Creative Consulting and Development Works (CC&DW) to undertake an outcome evaluation of the programme from 2010 -2013. The overarching goal of the evaluation was to assess the effect of the ten projects […]

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AIDS Foundation of South Africa

Client: Aids Foundation of South Africa (AFSA)
Project duration: November 2011- March 2012

The ASFA called for the evaluation of their Cultural and Health Programme (CHP). The CHP aims to reduce marginalization and promote behavior change through supporting CBOs in South Africa to increase access to services; catalyze changes in attitudes and practices; and strengthen health-promoting values and behaviors. The Royal Netherlands Embassy […]

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Evaluating Progress of the Special Purpose Vehicles in the Business Process

Client: Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism
Project duration: 22nd February 2013- 13th June 2013

The Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT) have established Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) through its Micro-Economic Development Strategy (MEDS). These SPVs are a form of Private-Public Partnerships (PPPS) that have been developed to grow niche sectors within the Western Cape economy. Furthermore they are the institutional mechanism […]

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Mbekweni Community Sports Centre Evaluation Report

Client: SCORE/Hope through Action
Project duration: February 2012

SCORE International is a non-profit organization specializing in community development through sport and recreation. SCORE’s mission is to use sport to provide children and youth with valuable skills and opportunities they need to succeed in life and contribute to their communities. Mbekweni is a under resources township on the outskirts […]

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Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR)

Client: Marie Stopes South Africa
Project duration: April – July 2012

Maries Stopes South Africa (MSSA) called for an end of contract evaluation of a 5-year project funded by the European Commission (EC). The purpose of the Grant was to increase equitable access to HIV and AIDS information and services through a comprehensive SRHR programme in 8 provinces, and to add […]

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Monitoring and Evaluation Plan for Capacity Building in Financial Management in the Public Sector

Client: National Treasury (South Africa) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs
Project duration: April 2012-Ongoing

The National Treasury (NT) has a legal mandate to promote and enforce transparency in the effective management of revenue, expenditure, assets and liabilities for departments governed by the Public Financial Management Act (Act 1 of 1999) (PFMA). NT has developed a Capacity Development Strategy (CDS) for financial management, internal audit […]

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Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC)

Client: Networking HIV and AIDS Community of South Africa (NACOSA)
Project duration: October – December 2012

 NACOSA and the National Religious Association for Social Development (NRASD) implemented a national OVC programme that aimed to; strengthen and implement OVC policy and programmes, and strengthen human resources and institutional capacity for co-ordination, management and implementation of HIV and AIDS programmes between 2010-2013. The evaluation focus was non-governmental organisations (NGOs), […]

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Strengthening the Local Child Protection System for Children on the Move and Other Vulnerable Children

Client: Save the Children UK
Project duration: August – November 2012

Save the Children established the Musina Response Programme in 2003 to the enhanced well-being and safety of children on the move in Vhembe district through effective and coordinated protection and care services. Over the past few years, Save the Children has shifted the focus from direct humanitarian assistance to a systems […]

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Evaluation of Services to Persons with Disabilities

Client: Western Cape Provincial Department of Social Development
Project duration: January – October 2013

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) called for an evaluation of services to Persons with Disabilities provided by NGO’s in the province. These organisations have received funding from DSD to provide a range of disability programmes that aim to promote the rights, well-being and socio-economic empowerment of Persons […]

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Sector Body Evaluation Report

Client: The Department of Economic Development and Tourism (Western Cape Provincial Government)
Project duration: January 2012

Creative Consulting  and Development Works (CC&DW) was commissioned by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism to evaluate the ‘value add’ to particular sectors in the Western Cape Province by means of their special purpose vehicles (SPVs) or sector bodies.  The strategies, memberships, activities, resources and compliance requirements of 9 […]

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Impact Assessment of the Hope Africa Leadership Programme

Client: Hope Africa
Project duration: March – December 2011

HOPE Africa’s primary purpose is to empower communities economically, socially and spiritually in order to address the problems of Southern Africa. As such, Hope Africa’s efforts focus on poverty eradication, pursued through “programmes for community capacity building, education and training, health care, local economic development, and empowering youth and women.” […]

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Community-Based Response Programme

Client: Western Cape Provincial Department of Health
Project duration: August 2012

The Community Based Response (CBR) Programme was implemented by the Provincial Department of Health, and funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. The CBR Programme has been implemented in all districts and sub‐ districts of the Western Cape, providing an opportunity for communities to design and […]

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Family Strengthening – Department of Social Development

Client: Department of Social Development
Project duration: November 2012 – March 2013

 The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) called for an evaluation of Family Strengthening Programmes provided by NGO’s in the province. These organisations have received funding from DSD to provide a range of family strengthening and parenting programmes that promote positive outcomes for children. Programmes include awareness-raising, parenting skills […]

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Process and Programme Evaluation of Substance Abuse Programmes

Client: Western Cape Provincial Department of Social Development
Project duration: January – October 2013

Substance abuse is a serious issue in the Western Cape and has a range of negative and destabilising household, economic and social consequences. Due to South Africa’s historical legacy, it is particularly within poor communities that there are high levels of unmet substance abuse treatment needs. South Africa has a […]

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Grade 11 & 12 IT School Intervention

Client: Mindset Network
Project duration: April – September 2012

Mindset Learn initially developed multimedia content for Grade 10 educators and learners on the subject of IT, with support from Uniforum SA. The intervention was extended to include Grade 11 and 12. The lessons were specially designed to be informative, interesting and easy to follow for both learners and educators […]

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Evaluation of NACOSA’s 3-Tier Model

Client: Networking AIDS Community of South Africa (NACOSA)
Project duration: August – December 2009

The Networking AIDS Community of South Africa (NACOSA) seeks to contribute to reducing the impact of HIV and AIDS and TB through the implementation of a 3-Tier Model, which comprises of the following aspects: building capacity networking promoting dialogue Over the years, NACOSA has refined the Model, based on anecdotal […]

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Family Strengthening Programme Evaluation

Client: Western Cape Department of Social Development
Project duration: November 2012 – May 2013

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) called for an evaluation of Family Strengthening programmes provided by NGOs in the province.

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Evaluation of Project Concern International Social Mobilisation to end Gender-Based Violence Programme

Client: FHI 360
Project duration: October 2012 - February 2013

Programme evaluation instituted to determine if the objectives of the Project Concern International Social Mobilisation to end Gender-Based Violence Programme has been realised.

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National Evaluation for Mindset Health’s HIV/AIDS Programming

Client: Mindset Health
Project duration: March - August 2010

Creative Consulting and Development Works (CC&DW) was contracted to conduct an evaluation that sought to assess the function and impact of Mindset Health’s HIV and AIDS programming. It examined the reach of this programming, the installation and operation of Mindset equipment; public and healthcare provider perceptions of the health education content, and the outcomes and impacts of the overall intervention.

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Evaluation of the South African Child Gauge 2006

Client: Children’s Institute
Project duration: June – October 2007

The South African Child Gauge is an annual publication that focuses on South Africa’s progress in addressing children’s issues. In June 2007, Creative Consulting & Development Works was contracted by the Children’s Institute to conduct an assessment of the 2006 publication that focused on children and poverty. The research team […]

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Final Evaluation of “Decentralised Response to HIV and AIDS in South Africa”

Client: Centre for Municipal Research and Advice
Project duration: November – December 2009

To strengthen the capacity of South African municipalities to respond to the HIV and AIDS pandemic in South Africa, a project intervention entitled “Decentralised Response to HIV and AIDS in South Africa” was designed. The Centre for Municipal Research and Advice (CMRA) was specifically established as a joint initiative by […]

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Zani Khumalo of Development Works observes the effectiveness of the Resource Centre's training programme

Artscape Resource Centre Evaluation

Client: Artscape
Project duration: March – June 2007

We’ve had a long-standing working relationship with Artscape, providing support for the implementation, planning, fundraising and marketing of Artscape projects since 2003. In March 2007, technical assistance came in the form of a process evaluation of the Skills Development Programme offered by the Artscape Resource Centre.

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