A reflection on the partnership between government and South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association

African Evaluation Journal

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Title A reflection on the partnership between government and South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association
Creator Beney, Terrence Mathe, Jabulani Ntakumba, Stanley Basson, Ray Naidu, Victor Leslie, Mike
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Description Established in 2005, the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA) is celebrating its tenth anniversary as a voluntary organisation for professional evaluation (VOPE). This VOPE occupies a special space in South African society as an independent and credible voice of monitoring and evaluation practitioners, drawing its membership from individuals working for government, academia, civil society, consultancies, donor agencies and private sector foundations, including students and the international community. As the biggest user of evaluations, government has become a natural partner for SAMEA since its first conferences organised in partnership with the Public Service Commission. The establishment of the Department of Performance (now Planning,) Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) in the Presidency of South Africa in 2010 created new impetus for the institutionalisation of evaluation in government through the establishment of the National Evaluation System (NES). In 2012, DPME entered into a formal partnership with SAMEA to enhance monitoring and evaluation (ME) capacity and continuous professional development. Working with the PSC and the DPME as well as other key partners like universities and development agencies, the role of SAMEA has been enhanced via the establishment of provincial associations, direct input to the development of government policy, evaluation standards, competencies and training – and co-hosting of high-profile conferences and workshops. The partnership between SAMEA and the government of South Africa is extremely useful for ensuring evaluation capacity development and institutionalisation of the practice in government and society. There have been tensions, especially as government’s role in evaluation has strengthened. However, the significance of the partnership between SAMEA and the DPME has gained international interest and appreciation because of its structured nature, mutual respect, collaboration on capacity development and practical implementation of innovative projects.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2015-10-02
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Identifier 10.4102/aej.v3i1.164
Source African Evaluation Journal; Vol 3, No 1 (2015); 6 pages 2306-5133 2310-4988
Language eng
Relation https://aejonline.org/index.php/aej/article/view/164/233 https://aejonline.org/index.php/aej/article/view/164/234 https://aejonline.org/index.php/aej/article/view/164/235 https://aejonline.org/index.php/aej/article/view/164/170
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Rights Copyright (c) 2015 Terrence Beney, Jabulani Mathe, Stanley Ntakumba, Ray Basson, Victor Naidu, Mike Leslie https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0