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How to start a chapter or network

SAMEA encourages the formation of provincial or regional Chapters (formal)/Networks (informal)/Communities of Practice that offer services such as resource networks, professional development activities, and forums for members to explore, discuss and get involved with evaluation interests. The Eastern Cape Chapter and Western Cape Network have been very instrumental in creating spaces for continuous regional conversations on M&E.

SAMEA and the SAMEA KZN MEL network recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) to strengthen and formalise collaboration. We look forward to collaborating on specific initiatives, reaching a wider group of M&E practitioners and working together to improve the quality and impact of M&E.

BRIDGE runs two Communities of Practice which look at a range of topics with different focus areas in a shared context (i.e. school types) or specific topic (i.e. education).

In March 2022, a new community of practice was established to promote evaluation's contribution to a just transition. The Evaluation for Just Transition COP meets virtually every 4 to 6 weeks. Currently, the Evaluation for Just Transition COP is also facilitating the development and piloting of two new evaluation criteria on climate and ecosystems health and transformative equity. If interested in learning more, please email Jen Norins ([email protected])

Please find contact details on the map on how you can get involved in your province.


The formal Chapter shall be launched when there is a minimum of 15-20 members. The regional liaison board member or champion who currently facilitates regional support and growth shall preside at the launch and elections of leadership. The leadership shall be elected through secret ballot by members in good standing (i.e. members who have paid membership fee). Elections of the Chapters will be facilitated by the regional and membership portfolio of the Board. The management structure shall be as follows:

  • Chairperson
  • Deputy-Chairperson
  • Secretary
  • Deputy Secretary

The Chapter management shall be responsible for running the Chapter and organising regional conferences, seminars and workshop in consultation with the Board. The management will also be responsible for growing its membership.


No formal structure is required however, we do recommend that a Network Champion is identified who coordinates the network on behalf of SAMEA. You may contact the SAMEA offices at [email protected] for further information.

Geographical spread & contact details of current SAMEA Chapter & Network Champions and Community of Practice convenors: