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Call for Abstracts Open

Start date
21 Sep 2022, 12:00
End date
23 Sep 2022, 12:00
This conference will be held in Johannesburg as well as online (hybrid)
Contact details
CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT: Tel.: +27 82 080 8512 Email: [email protected]

The 2022 SAMEA Conference will be organised around five strands to be agreed by SAMEA in consultation with our conference partners. The proposed streams are:

Strand 1: M&E to address systemic crises and promote a Just Transition

In this strand, presenters are invited to submit abstracts that showcase the lessons learnt and emerging best practice in the use of monitoring and evaluation practices and products to address key systemic challenges such as economic and social inequalities, ecosystem breakdown, climate change and biodiversity loss, and to promote a just transition.

Strand 2: Made in Africa Evaluation: evaluation and evaluation systems fit for context and diversity

In this strand, presenters are invited to submit abstracts that focus on indigenous knowledge systems, frameworks and paradigms that are contextually relevant and fit for purpose for programmes, evaluation and evaluation systems in Africa.

Strand 3a: Collecting and using M&E evidence for adaptive management and during times of crisis

Focus on the processes to rapidly collect, collate and share information to respond to crises situations (e.g. the pandemic), and promoting the systemic use of evidence for adaptive management.

Strand 3b: Monitoring & Data Management

Data management practices and disciplines are at the heart of monitoring and evaluation. This strand will focus on experiences, lessons and practices of the systemic collecting, analysing and using quality data to foster data-driven decision-making. As the World Development Report 2021 states, “the data revolution is transforming the world”; however, with the rapid increase in data use comes a responsibility to protect personal data while encouraging the transparency and sharing of information to respond to crises, enhance services and improve lives. Without strong data management, internal and external monitoring and evaluation is very difficult. This strand aims to explore and enhance data management and the use of this secondary data in our African context.

Strand 4: Tech-Enabled M&E

The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 forced many M&E practitioners, organizations and governments to move rapidly to digital operations, including remote data collection and greater use of existing data for M&E purposes. The sector is also exploring new approaches for M&E, including the use of drones, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and predictive analytics. At the same time, over the past few years there has been a greater emphasis on how to innovate ethically and responsibly manage the increasing amounts of data that we collect, use, share, and store for M&E purposes. The ICT-enabled M&E stream will focus on sharing challenges and good practices related to the responsible integration of digital tools and approaches into M&E.

Strand 5: M&E Capacity Building & Emerging Evaluators

This strand brings together M&E practitioners to build consensus on what works and does not work in capacity building initiatives delivered in the past few years. The discourse entails assessing whether the curriculum content, pedagogical approaches (theory versus practice) and modalities used in the delivery of training programmes are responsive to the ever-changing world and M&E praxis. In the end, the strand anticipates elucidating not only what needs but also highlight ways to introduce improvements.

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· Abstract submissions close 4 July 2022

· Decision on Abstracts after 4 July 2022

· Notice to Speakers 24 June 2022

· Confirmation from Speakers 22 July 2022

· Registration opens 6 July 2022

· Early Bird closes 19 August 2022