Original Research - Special Collection: 9th AfrEA International Conference 2019

An overview of the provincial evaluation system of the Western Cape Government of South Africa as a response to the evaluation of the National Evaluation System

Zeenat Ishmail, Victoria L. Tully
African Evaluation Journal | Vol 8, No 1 | a425 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/aej.v8i1.425 | © 2020 Zeenat Ishmail, Victoria L. Tully | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 August 2019 | Published: 09 April 2020

About the author(s)

Zeenat Ishmail, Department of the Premier, Strategic Management Information, Western Cape Government, Cape Town, South Africa
Victoria L. Tully, Chief Directorate Strategic Management Information, Department of the Premier, Western Cape Government, Cape Town, South Africa


Background: The Western Cape Government (WCG) has recently implemented its seventh (7th) Provincial Evaluation Plan that is aligned to the National Evaluation Policy Framework adopted by South Africa in November 2011. The National Evaluation System (NES) and its evolution at the provincial level has been aligned to its Province-wide Monitoring and Evaluation System (PWMES). The Department of the Premier in the WCG centrally drives this system. The institutionalisation of a Provincial Evaluation System (PES) serves as a model for any sub-national government to practice government evaluations at provincial, regional or local levels. To date, thirty-three (33) evaluations have been completed and a further eleven (11) are at various stages of implementation.

Objectives: Since the initial rollout of the PES in the WCG, the system has developed, strengthened and matured. This comes from a need for better access to, and understanding of, evaluations.

Method: The paper has drawn on the recent evaluation of the NES which selected the Western Cape as a case study; and uses the findings to put improvements in place in the areas of policy, methodology, organisation, capacity, participation with other actors, and use.

Results: The main value in sharing this work, is the building of an enabling environment to roll out evaluations on a regional level, that are in line with the national evaluation approach, whilst at the same time facilitating integration with provincial strategic priorities.

Conclusion: This paper reflects on the way in which the WCG of South Africa has undertaken the implementation and maturation of the NES at a sub-national level.


Evaluation systems; Regional evaluation system; National evaluation system; South Africa; M&E; Evaluation capacity development; Institutionalisation; Evaluation use


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