Human Settlements Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop
South Africa’s National Depart of Human Settlements has new mandate; what implications does this have for monitoring and evaluation? The Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) and the Department of Human Settlements (DHS), in collaboration with the Anglophone Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR-AA), held a two-day workshop on the monitoring and evaluation of the human settlement sector in South Africa:
Monitoring and measuring human settlements interventions: What the human settlements mandate imply for Monitoring and Evaluation
The workshop as attended by more than 95 delegates from Key government departments such as National Treasury, COGTA, DHS, and DPME; academic and research institutions, GCRO, CLEAR-AA, CSIR, City of Johannesburg; as well as members of the private sector and other key stakeholders in the human settlement sector. It brought together all key stockholders of the human settlement sector to discuss the disjuncture between the monitoring and evaluation frameworks of the various departments in relation to the human settlement sector as stipulated in their policy and legislative documents and plans.
Discussions centered around the new human settlement mandate and what implications it has for monitoring and evaluation; to what extent the current theory of change is serving a lever to propels the poor out of poverty; and how are the policy documents and monitoring and evaluation documents of all the various stakeholders come together to provide a holistic picture of the transformed human settlement, taking into account land, urban regeneration, private sector investors and many more.
At the end, some of the key issues that emerged for DPME and DHS include:
- Need for a renewed theory of change as well as improved coordination of different role players within the system of change (theory of coordination)
- Greater definition of the roles and responsibilities and the location of each role player within the broader human settlement system
- The custodian who will put it all together should be agreed upon
- The private sector is a major player and needs to be kept in the loop of what is being monitored and against what KIPs they are being measured so they know on what they are basing their investment decisions
- Platforms need to be created to allow interaction and sharing of information between the private sector and public sector as well, and among all role players.