Monitoring and evaluation lessons from the design and implementation evaluation of the ‘You Only Live Once’ social behaviour change programme for adolescents: A partnership between the United States Agency for International Development, Department of Soci

African Evaluation Journal


 
 
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Title Monitoring and evaluation lessons from the design and implementation evaluation of the ‘You Only Live Once’ social behaviour change programme for adolescents: A partnership between the United States Agency for International Development, Department of Soci
 
Creator Kgaphola, Hlali K. Jacob, Christel
 
Subject Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Monitoring and evaluation; Design and implementation evaluation; Programme lifecycle; YOLO; Public sector programme evaluation
Description Background: Conducting evaluations in South Africa has become a common government practice because of the rise in demand for evidence-based policymaking. However, evaluation is often seen as an exercise to be undertaken at the end of a programme – summative – instead of playing a distinct role at all stages of the programme cycle – formative and process evaluation. Subsequently, programmes are often designed without the help of monitoring and evaluation (ME) specialists to ensure robust and testable theories of change (TOCs) and implementation modalities, or monitoring systems that assess performance to enable adaptive management.Objectives: This article presents findings from a case study regarding what the public sector can learn from formative evaluation to improve public sector programmes.Method: The case study focuses on implementing and utilising the results of a formative evaluation of the ‘You Only Live Once’ (YOLO) programme to highlight frequently experienced limitations and potential solutions to utilise ME as a form of effective programme management in the public service. It is aimed at the public sector to provide evidence that other forms of evaluation and monitoring systems are critical to enable effective public programming.Results: Key lessons learnt include the significance of developing a clear and comprehensive ME system at the programme planning and design stage, embedding the culture of ME in programme implementation, evaluating potential modalities of implementation, rather than simply assuming modality robustness, and capacitation of implementation agencies to internalise and implement ME requirements.Conclusion: These lessons present the critical role of formative evaluation in ensuring that big-budget public sector programmes are designed and implemented effectively.
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
Contributor United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Department of Social Development (DSD) LiveMoya
Date 2020-10-23
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Utilization Focussed Reflection
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/aej.v8i1.468
 
Source African Evaluation Journal; Vol 8, No 1 (2020); 9 pages 2306-5133 2310-4988
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://aejonline.org/index.php/aej/article/view/468/891 https://aejonline.org/index.php/aej/article/view/468/890 https://aejonline.org/index.php/aej/article/view/468/892 https://aejonline.org/index.php/aej/article/view/468/889
 
Coverage South Africa — —
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