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Developing South Africa’s national evaluation policy and system: First lessons learned Developing South Africa’s national evaluation policy and system: First lessons learned

This article documents the development of South Africa’s national evaluation system (NES) from  late 2011 to mid 2014, a period which involved establishing many basic systems and in which 39 evaluations were started and 11 completed. The article discusses how the system developed, the approach used, some of the key systems, initial outcomes in terms of improved programmes and reflects on the lessons at this stage. It builds on a framework for institutionalising evaluation systems by Goldman and Mathe (2014). It provides an indication of emerging results, but does not  attempt a systematic assessment, which will follow an evaluation of the evaluation system being carried out in 2015 and 2016.

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Version 2014
Category Theme 5: Improving policy implementation through evidence use
Author Ian Goldman et al