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

Reflections from emerging evaluators in shaping Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation capacity-building initiatives

Nozipho T. Ngwabi, Obakeng G. Mpyana, Amkelwa Mapatwana
African Evaluation Journal | Vol 8, No 1 | a509 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/aej.v8i1.509 | © 2020 Nozipho T. Ngwabi, Obakeng G. Mpyana, Amkelwa Mapatwana | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 August 2020 | Published: 05 November 2020

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Nozipho T. Ngwabi, Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST), Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Obakeng G. Mpyana, Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, CD: Evaluation, The Presidency, Pretoria, South Africa
Amkelwa Mapatwana, Department of Monitoring and Evaluation, JET Education Services, Johannesburg, South Africa


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Abstract

Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs) are increasingly realising the importance of ‘mainstreaming’ emerging evaluators (EEs) in capacity-building initiatives for sustaining the evaluation profession. This article aimed to address the importance and role of VOPEs in developing EEs. The article describes the global key issues shaping VOPEs’ interventions for EEs, South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association’s Emerging Evaluators Programme and reflections by two EEs from different sectors on the future of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) in South Africa. The views from the EEs’ reflections show the differences and similarities across their different sectors. Recommendations are proposed on the importance of developing EE programmes that are contextually relevant.

This article is valuable for all VOPEs and stakeholders with the intent of supporting emerging evaluators.


Keywords

Emerging Evaluators; Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs); Capacity building; South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association; Monitoring and evaluation

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