Increased use of theory of change within DPME
For three years, the South African Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) has been implementing the National Evaluation Policy framework. Currently 39 evaluations are in the evaluation system but this fledgling system has to contend with a number of issues, one being the varying nature and quality of programmes in government. The DPME has used theory of change (ToC) both to assess programme performance and as a way for officials and other relevant parties to collectively reflect on how the programme was designed and expected to work. A recent ToC workshop and design clinic hosted by the DPME and facilitated by 3ie culminated in broad agreements about programme logic and performance metrics, and a shared understanding of the evaluation questions departments want answered. The NEP process continues to prove valuable in supporting the use of ToC in public management.
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