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Evaluation of the Youth Work Programme (YWP) in Relation to the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)
Client: Western Cape Government Department of Community Safety (DoCS)
Year: 2018-2019

The Western Cape Government Department of Community Safety commissioned Development Works Changemakers to conduct an independent evaluation of the YWP in 2018 to 1) assess programme implementation 2) assess outputs and outcomes achieved and 3) provide recommendations for improvement. The evaluation was primarily qualitative in nature, supported by quantitative monitoring data. At the initial stages, a document and literature review was conducted, as well as a clarificatory workshop to produce a Theory of Change and Theory of Action for the programme. Primary data was collected from 69 beneficiary telephonic interviews and staff focus group discussions. DWC then provided short term and long-term recommendations for the programme.

Assessment of the Impact of Digital Frontiers Institute (DFI) Online Courses on Practitioners in the Digital Financial Services (DFS) Sector
Client: Digital Frontiers Institute (DFI)
Year: 2018

Digital Frontiers Institute provides a variety of online training and education courses for digital financial service professionals which aim to enhance their professional capacities, leadership skills and financial inclusion. DWC conducted a rapid assessment of the impact of these training courses on practitioners, organisations and country markets. It also assessed if funders’ M&E indicators were being met. Using a mixed-method approach, DWC gathered data from Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Uganda and Rwanda. This approach allowed for multi-pronged data gathering and the team was able to elicit a variety of perspectives on DFI courses and their impact. DWC triangulated data between various sources and kinds of data to enhance the confidence and reliability of findings.

Evaluation of the Youth Work Programme (YWP) in Relation to the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)
Client: Western Cape Government Department of Community Safety (DoCS)
Year: 2018-2019

The Youth Work Programme is a cornerstone of efforts by the Western Cape Government Department of Community Safety to reduce the harms experienced by people living in poor, insecure and under-resourced communities in the Western Cape. The YWP creates temporary work opportunities for youth (aged 18-25) by providing 3-month training to enhance their life, employability skills and placement opportunities. WCG DoCS commissioned DWC to conduct an independent evaluation of the YWP in 2018 to:

  • assess programme implementation;
  • assess outputs and outcomes achieved; and
  • provide recommendations for improvement.

The evaluation was primarily qualitative in nature, and where relevant, supported by quantitative monitoring data. DWC conducted a document and literature review, as well as a clarificatory workshop and produced a programme Theory of Change and Theory of Action. DWC then collected primary data from 69 beneficiaries through telephonic interviews and staff focus group discussions and provided short- and long-term recommendations for the programme.

Assessment of After School Programmes in 112 Western Cape low- and no-fee schools
Client: Western Cape Department of the Premier (DotP)
Year: 2019

The After School Game Changer programme is implemented in 160 no- and low-fee schools in the Western Cape province. This flagship programme aims to increase participation of learners in after school programmes by improving their quality, and making them more attractive. It is a joint programme in partnership with local government bodies, provincial government departments, and a number of nonprofits. The programme is a transversal programme managed out of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport.

DWC was commissioned by the Western Cape Provincial Government to conduct the last of three assessments of the programme. The aim of this rapid assessment was to measure the status of facilities/centres providing school aftercare services as part of the After School Programmes against the baseline assessments conducted in 2018.

The DWC team identified 112 schools by using a sampling strategy that facilitated targeted data collection sufficient to form a comprehensive understanding of the situation in each of the eight districts. A team experienced in conducting research in schools and proficient in Afrikaans and isiXhosa visited all 112 schools across the Western Cape over three weeks. DWC then produced a total of 112 assessment reports based on school visits, as well as an overview report showing major trends and recommendations.

Creating a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for Innovative Childhood Development Programmes
Client: Penreach
Year: 2018-2019

Penreach is a non-profit and social impact organisation working towards educational excellence in disadvantaged communities in the Ehlanzeni district of Mpumalanga province, through innovative childhood development, literacy and numeracy, maths and science, leadership, cultural and bursaries projects.

DWC has assisted Penreach in developing a high-level Theory of Change, as well as cascaded ToCs for each project. Following the initial engagement, a gender-sensitive M&E Strategy and Framework was developed. Then M&E frameworks were finalised for each project and data collection instruments and process flows for reporting were developed. The Penreach project was characterised by intensive engagement with project staff and integration of M&E capacity development throughout the process.

Rapid Baseline and Endline Assessment of the Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises Training and Support Programme
Client: Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA)
Year: 2018-2019

The Green Building Council South Africa is a non-profit which aims to lead the greening of the country’s commercial property sector. GBCSA partnered with JP Morgan to host their first training and support programme for 100 participants from 50 black-owned small, medium and micro enterprises operating in construction, building maintenance, material supply and building interiors. DWC conducted a rapid assessment with the aim of assessing:

  • the short-term impact or change in participants’ knowledge as a result of the SMME training intervention
  • the short-term outcomes of the knowledge sharing and networking events
  • emerging outcomes or results that can be attributed to the full set of programme interventions, specifically noting changes in business statistics.

Using a mixed-method approach, primary data was gathered at five stages: baseline, pre-training, post-training, end of programme and finally an assessment of SMMEs’ business development post-programme.

Rapid Baseline, Midterm and Endline Assessment of the International Enterprise Pilot Programme (IEP) in South Africa
Client: British Council
Year: 2018-2019

The International Enterprise Programme uses the business model of professional soccer clubs to deliver training to youth with a focus on enterprise. The programme consists of 12 workshops and two events, and covers key enterprise concepts within the context of a soccer club including budgeting, advertising, profits and customer care. The programme is being piloted in South Africa with learners aged 13-16 years based in the Western Cape and Gauteng.

The British Council contracted DWC to conduct a baseline, midline and endline assessment to investigate how the programme has influenced learners’ enterprise knowledge and skills, self-esteem and self-efficacy, awareness of job opportunities and motivation to learn. A baseline assessment has been undertaken, analysis of midline data has been completed and endline data has been collected.

External M&E Audit of the Impact Bond Innovation Fund (IBIF)
Client: Mothers2mothers
Year: 2018-2020

This Early Childhood Development programme is the first Social Impact Bond to launch in Africa. Mothers2mothers (m2m), Volta Capital and the Western Cape Foundation for Community Work (FCW) are jointly implementing this flagship initiative. Since November 2017, child development services have been provided in Delft and Atlantis, two under-resourced Western Cape communities. The main objective of the programme is to equip children aged 3 to 4 years – who don’t have access to ECD – with language, motor, cognitive and socio-emotional skills as preparation for school readiness before enrolment in Grade R.

DWC is the M&E auditor responsible for a review of the M&E system and reporting on the programme implementation and outcomes with a focus on three programme indicators:

  • recruitment and retention
  • attendance
  • early learning outcomes measurement

In the first phase, an audit has been conducted assessing the accuracy of data and reporting against the three indicators, reviewing key documents, conducting KIIs and FGDs, speaking to beneficiaries and conducting home visits.

Final Impact Evaluation of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Programme of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI)
Client: IREX
Year: 2018-2019

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for the Young African Leaders Initiative aims to equip young African leaders under 35 with skills, networks and support needed to lead positive personal and community change in themselves. It offers academic exposure, opportunities to participate in follow-on programmes and alumni networks. This will build skills of young African leaders to improve the accountability and transparency of government, start businesses and serve their communities.

DWC is carrying out a final impact evaluation of the follow-on activities of the programme on male and female participants. The study will determine and portray the emerging results of the programme and inform current and future youth leadership programming, specifically women’s leadership in Africa. A mixed-method approach, incorporating a quasi-experimental design which compares male and female fellows who participated in follow-on activities and those who did not participate, has been used (disaggregated per cohort and other variables including academic track). The comparison of the two groups draws on both primary and secondary data, as well as quantitative and qualitative data. Data was collected through online surveys, as well as KIIs and FGDs collected through visits to Zimbabwe, Namibia, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.

Design Evaluation of the Software@Schools Programme
Client: Western Cape, Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT)
Year: 2018-2019

The Software@Schools Programme (SWD@Schools) was conceptualised in recognition of the challenges and opportunities to address critical skills shortages within the IT sector and youth unemployment. The programme takes the form of a strategic partnership between the Western Cape Government Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Western Cape Department of Education and Oracle SA. Learners in Grades 10, 11, and 12 from eleven schools in the Western Cape are trained in Java fundamental development skills as part of an in-school extracurricular activity. The cohort moves to an advanced training after finishing school, gets internship placements and is trained and prepared to sit for the Oracle Certified Associate Exam.

DWC is undertaking a design evaluation of the SWD@Schools programme that will enable a detailed and coherent description and understanding of the intervention, using a formative evaluation approach to gather what is working and what needs improvement for future programme design.

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