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pdf.png Overview of Key Issues Emerging from Scan/ Audit of Government Evaluations in the Social Sector 2011

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This short (15 day) study set out to collect evaluations that had been conducted by government departments in the social sector. It collected the evaluation information through making requests to departments to provide their monitoring and evaluation reports and searching online for published reports.

41 evaluations were considered across 5 departments. The key aspects of these evaluations have been captured and coded into an evaluation matrix (spreadsheet). There are substantial difficulties in gaining standardised information about evaluations, with many reports lacking basic information (such as the date). The methods and purposes differ considerably across the reports. These is limited evidence of stakeholder consultations and engagement, and very little data relating to tracking, and reporting on what happens with the evaluation once it has been completed. This indicates a need for some standardised reporting requirement for M&E activity across the departments of the social sector, and a clear need for closer cooperation and support between departmental M&E units.



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pdf.png Understanding South African food and agricultural policy Implications for agri-food value chains, regulation, and formal and informal livelihoods 2016

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In order to create credibility and sustainability between policies, to avoid political confusion and to reassure “investor confidence”, a clear agri-food policy package needs to be in place. To achieve this, policy packages should be constructed to give coherence, with an explicit goal and set of objectives, underscoring accountability to delivery. Considering current policy debates, the questions pursued in this paper are: does a clear vision guide existing and emerging agriculture and food policies and are a clear set of measures defined to achieve this vision? By analysing several relevant policies, the paper argues that South African food and agricultural policy profoundly lacks coherence. Although policy may seem to be aligned at one level, the reality of implementation and the political rhetoric emerging around food and agriculture tells a different story. This lack of coherence has important implications for a food system that is faltering in many respects, and for research or processes intended to inform evidence-based policy.



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