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These analyses reports focus on understanding the existing internal and external environment and how these influence M&E practice in the continent across the three sectors of society. Please read them here


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    Situational Analysis of the role of DPME and others
    (CLEAR-AA, 2017-12-08) CLEAR-AA
    The aim of the study was to determine the extent to which selected national agencies/departments that have mandates to support local government promote evaluation practice, provide support to municipalities for the institutionalisation of evaluation and engage in evaluation capacity development with municipalities. The principal national agencies involved in supporting municipalities are the Department of Cooperative Governance (DCOG, part of the Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), National Treasury and South African Local Government Association (SALGA). DPME aims to use the findings to identify opportunities and gaps in the existing institutional support system to metros. Further, the DPME will use the information to structure its own response to the increasing interest from metros in institutionalising evaluation.
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    PRiME: Progress Index for Monitoring & Evaluation
    (CLEAR-AA, 2017) CLEAR-AA
    Monitoring and evaluation systems in Africa are growing rapidly, but it has been difficult to understand the nature of this growth. This is in part because there are so many different ways to understand the components of a monitoring and evaluation system, and much more research is needed to better understand the causal factors driving change. The Progress index is making a first attempt at grappling with these definitional elements, by beginning to systemically track progress around certain components of national monitoring and evaluation systems in key countries in the region. The Progress Index for Monitoring and Evaluation is designed to capture progress on the development of country monitoring and evaluation systems in selected countries within Africa.
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    COMPASS: Tracking monitoring and evaluation developments in Anglophone Africa
    (CLEAR-AA, 2018) CLEAR-AA
    Much of the existing literature around M&E and evaluation systems is based on European, North American and Latin American theory and practice, with little written about African M&E systems. For example, a study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) (2016) explores evaluation systems in development cooperation focusing on 37 members of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Network on Development Evaluation (EvalNet) and nine multilateral organisations, including six development banks, the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Another example is Rosenstein’s (2015) Mapping the Status of National Evaluation Policies in South Asia. The Compass offers a snapshot of developments in M&E in Anglophone African countries and is designed to inform CLEAR-AA and development partners’ understanding of M&E systems and planning for capacity development interventions in these countries, as well as contribute to public debate on the development of national M&E systems, institutionalisation of evaluation, and use of M&E evidence in the larger African context.
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    Study on the demand for and supply of Evaluation Ghana
    (CLEAR-AA, 2013) Prof. Samuel, Adams; Dr. Charles, Amoatey; Joe, Taabazuing; Osvaldo, Feinstein
    There is growing recognition of the critical role of evaluations to generate relevant information to guide the decisions and actions of policy makers and project managers. Yet, there is poor understanding of the demand and supply of evaluations in many African countries. This study seeks to bridge this knowledge gap by generating deeper insights on the demand and supply of evaluations in Ghana, as one of the five country cases conducted by the regional Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results for Anglophone Africa (CLEAR AA). Ghana was selected based on an assessment as having a high potential to develop evaluation capacity.
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    Study on the demand for and supply of Evaluation Zambia
    (2013) Mr. Osward, Mulenga; Mr Stephen, Porter
    This report seeks to present in relation to evaluation in Zambia: (i) the conditions under which demand is generated for evidence; and (ii) the areas in which supply can be strengthened to meet and foster this demand. This report shows that there is currently active, latent and potential evaluation demand and supply in Zambia. It is argued that in Zambia each entry-point for evaluation is partial and is mediated by aligned interest groups rather than a neutral role-player seeking to expand evidence-based practice. This demand is set within a context where there is a high degree of political competition between political parties and various interest groups. In the political economy, loyalties to informal networks of power are in many cases more important than performance.