Original Research - Special Collection: SAMEA 7th Biennial Conference 2019

Evaluation education in South Africa: Characteristics and challenges in a changing world

Lauren Wildschut, Tikwiza R. Silubonde
African Evaluation Journal | Vol 8, No 1 | a476 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/aej.v8i1.476 | © 2020 Lauren Wildschut, Tikwiza R. Silubonde | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 February 2020 | Published: 23 October 2020

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Lauren Wildschut, Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST), Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Tikwiza R. Silubonde, Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST), Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa


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Abstract

Background: South Africa and other developing countries are facing an ever-increasing demand for competent evaluators. In addition, increasing demands are being placed on those who become evaluators. What does this mean for evaluation education in its current form and state in South Africa? In addition, what possible responses can be there to the diverse drivers of change within the dynamic social context in which evaluators operate?

Objectives: This article aims to address some of the questions related to the supply and demand profile of evaluation in South Africa, which may be useful for other developing countries.

Method: A literature review and key informant interviews were carried out to answer the key research questions.

Results: The article describes the provision of formal evaluation education and the challenges currently facing university-based offerings. The study provides a framework for considering the interaction between the supply and demand elements in the field of evaluation. Strategies are proposed for strengthening the supply of evaluators and ensuring that these evaluators can respond to the growing demands being placed on them.

Conclusion: This article is valuable for all evaluation stakeholders as it provides insight into the academic landscape of evaluation in a developing context and explores practical ways to support and strengthen capacity building efforts in similar contexts.


Keywords

Evaluator education; Evaluation landscape; Evaluation curriculum; African evaluation; Monitoring and evaluation; South African evaluation

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