Original Research

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

Terrence Beney, Jabulani Mathe, Stanley Ntakumba, Ray Basson, Victor Naidu, Mike Leslie
African Evaluation Journal | Vol 3, No 1 | a164 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/aej.v3i1.164 | © 2015 Terrence Beney, Jabulani Mathe, Stanley Ntakumba, Ray Basson, Victor Naidu, Mike Leslie | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 July 2015 | Published: 02 October 2015

About the author(s)

Terrence Beney, Former Chairperson of the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association, South Africa
Jabulani Mathe, Evaluation, Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, South Africa
Stanley Ntakumba, M&E Policy and Capacity Building, Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, South Africa
Ray Basson, Former Chairperson of the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association, South Africa
Victor Naidu, Capacity Building, Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, South Africa
Mike Leslie, Board Member, South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association, South Africa


Share this article

Bookmark and Share

Abstract

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 (M&E) 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.


Keywords

No related keywords in the metadata.

Metrics

Total abstract views: 2943
Total article views: 5548

 

Crossref Citations

1. Evaluation culture and good governance: Is there a link?
Peter Dahler-Larsen, Adiilah Boodhoo
Evaluation  vol: 25  issue: 3  first page: 277  year: 2019  
doi: 10.1177/1356389018819110