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By World Food Programme (WFP)

A new generation of emerging evaluators join WFP in Johannesburg

THEY ARE YOUNG, TALENTED AND READY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Meet Yeukai Caroline Tizora, Isabel Malandu Mukali, Mayibongwe Mncube, Stephan Paulsen, Sonny Motlanthe and Samukelisiwe Mkhize.

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By Benita Williams


On 13 May 2020, SAMEA launched the EduCOVID Topical Interest Group via zoom. The TIG was initiated by SAMEA volunteers, so that M&E practitioners could talk to others and consider how they can support the education sector response to the COVID-19. The initiative was supported by the SAMEA secretariat and members of the SAMEA board. The EduCOVID TIG was open to SAMEA members and non-members and some cross-linkages with the BRIDGE M&E Community of practice were established.

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By Lesedi Senamele Matlala_JET Education Services

Conducting Online Focus Group Discussions during health crisis: Facilitator’s and Evaluator’s Reflections

Use of Online Focus Groups Discussions (FGD) has expanded over the past months, as well as in the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) field since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although guidelines on how to successfully conduct online focus groups might have been issued and published elsewhere, this blog focuses on my experiences and reflections in conducting online FGD during the times of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa.

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By Benita Williams

Launch: Evaluation Hackathon- 27 August to 1 October 2020

Schools are back, and slowly the support projects implemented by NGOs and other partners are getting back on track. Except, everything is different. Now, evaluators need to take into account a range of COVID-19 related contextual variables when evaluating initiatives in schools. Come and join the EduCOVID TIG Evaluation Hackathon, where we will develop joint indicators and tools to answer common evaluation questions.

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By Daleen Botha & Takalani Muloiwa

Education, inequality & innovation in the time of COVID-19

The third EduCOVID TIG meeting, held on 22 of July 2020, was hosted by Benita Williams (Benita Williams Evaluations) and Takalani Muloiwa (Wits University) on the topic ‘Education, inequality and innovation in the time of COVID-19’.


By Benita Williams

A Great EduCOVID TIG Resource

Have you read the newspaper reports about the release of the NIDS-CRAM Wave 1 research? The National Income Dynamics Study – Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (NIDS-CRAM) is a broadly nationally-representative panel survey of 7,000 South African individuals conducted every month.


By Tikwiza Silubonde, Benita Williams

EduCOVID TIG Meet Reflection: Learning Briefs as tool to support EduCOVID response

In the second EduCOVID TIG meeting, held on 2 July, Ms. Tikwiza Silubonde from Stellenbosch University facilitated a TIG webinar on "Learning Briefs as a tool to support EduCOVID response". The recording of the meeting together with the presentations can be found here.


By Dr Lorraine Marneweck,Ms Gina Ermacora

Virtual Coaching in the Early Grade Reading Study (Mpumalanga)

This Blog was written Dr Lorraine Marneweck, Programme Director and Ms Gina Ermacora, Virtual Coach from ClassAct in June 2020. It is relevant to the EduCOVID TIG as much of our work is becoming virtual.

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By Melissa King (BRIDGE) and Benita Williams

Reflections from the BRIDGE M&E Community of Practice meeting held on 27 May 2020

BRIDGE Innovation in Education Organization convened an M&E Community of Practice meeting, with its partners SAMEA, Khulisa and Tshikululu. The topic of the meeting was “The impact of Covid-19 on M&E in Education”


By Dr Mark Abrahams

Conveying evaluative messages: infographics, chocolates and full inboxes

We all value or prefer certainty over uncertainty and unpredictability. Certainty provides a sense of security, a modicum of control and some level of satisfaction when things unfold as we expect them to. That is partly why we appreciate the graphs and the tables - even if these graphs and tables only deal with speculations and predictions based on patterns, the numbers reflect some level of knowing, of certainty and of control.