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State and use of monitoring and evaluation systems in national and provincial departments

Futhi Umlaw, Noqobo (Nox) Chitepo
African Evaluation Journal | Vol 3, No 1 | a134 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/aej.v3i1.134 | © 2015 Futhi Umlaw, Noqobo (Nox) Chitepo | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 March 2015 | Published: 30 September 2015

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Futhi Umlaw, Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, South Africa
Noqobo (Nox) Chitepo, Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, South Africa


Since 2009, South Africa has seen a major shift in emphasis concerning monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems. This shift was partially stimulated by the South African government being faced with a number of pressures, key amongst which were persistent poverty and inequality and widespread service delivery protests. These pressures resulted ina greater willingness by government to address the poor quality of public services, and other governance problems that needed a greater focus on M&E to address these challenges. This led to the establishment of the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) in early 2010. A comprehensive survey on the state and use of M&E systems in national and provincial government was conducted by the DPME as an attempt to understand the M&E landscape since 1994. The results were used to make informed policy and programme decisions. This paper outlines the findings of the survey.


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