Original Research

Development of South Africa’s national evaluation policy and system 2011−2014

Matodzi M. Amisi
African Evaluation Journal | Vol 3, No 1 | a109 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/aej.v3i1.109 | © 2015 Matodzi M. Amisi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 February 2015 | Published: 31 August 2015

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Matodzi M. Amisi, Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluations, South Africa


There is a growing recognition of the complex relationship between evaluation and research, and policy and practice. Policy making is inherently political, and public administration is contingent on various factors, that is budgets, capabilities and systems other than evidence. This has evolved in the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluations (DPME) in South Africa challenging conventional ideas of communication between evaluators and policymakers and practitioners. These are characterised by monologues from evaluators to policymakers and practitioners, which are reserved exclusively for communicating the finished product. This article is a reflection of the emerging work of the DPME valuations which is investigating the relational dynamics between evaluators and programme personnel, and encouraging more interactive and diversified communication throughout the evaluation process. The article offers a public sector observation. The lessons and implications can be useful, firstly to other countries establishing evaluation systems, and also those who have an interest in enhancing the use of evidence by government agencies in developing countries.


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