The pilot evaluation for the National Evaluation System in South Africa – A diagnostic review of early childhood development

African Evaluation Journal

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Title The pilot evaluation for the National Evaluation System in South Africa – A diagnostic review of early childhood development
Creator Davids, Margot Samuels, Marie-Louise September, Roseline Moeng, Tshimi L. Richter, Linda Mabogoane, Thabo W. Goldman, Ian Buthelezi, Thabani
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Description Policymaking in many instances does not follow proper diagnosis of a problem using evidence to justify why particular decisions have been taken. This article describes findings of a diagnostic review of existing challenges facing early childhood development (ECD) in South Africa. The review is part of the government’s attempt to use information to drive policy in strategic areas. It is part of the role that the Presidency is seeking to play in ensuring government programmes are evaluated to ensure that money that is spent is spent on programmes that have an impact and that there is value for money. This article summarises the key findings of the diagnostic review that was conducted of policy, services and coordination.The results reveal that a broader definition of ECD programmes is needed to cover all aspects of children’s development, growth and health, from conception to the foundation phase of schooling. Many elements of comprehensive ECD support and services are already in place and some are performing well. However, there are important gaps. Key ECD strategies for the future are identified. The diagnostic evaluation used a variety of methods, including desktop analysis, interviews and data analysis. Issues emerged around how to link the evaluation with other processes in the involved departments. A particular challenge was how to handle the transition to implementation of the findings, as responsibility shifted from the steering committee to the departments. The process worked well despite past challenges with coordination across government.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2015-10-02
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/octet-stream text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/aej.v3i1.141
Source African Evaluation Journal; Vol 3, No 1 (2015); 7 pages 2306-5133 2310-4988
Language eng
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Rights Copyright (c) 2015 Margot Davids, Marie-Louise Samuels, Roseline September, Tshimi L. Moeng, Linda Richter, Thabo W. Mabogoane, Ian Goldman, Thabani Buthelezi