NDA: Impact Evaluation Study

STATUS: Current
PROJECT LEADER:Van der Bergh, GM (Mr Gray), Motala, SY (Ms Shirin)
OTHER TEAM MEMBERS: Booysen, AS (Ms Denise), Mpungose, A (Mr Aubrey), Ngandu, NSC (Mr Stewart), Govender, S (Ms Subashini), Jeeva, ZI (Ms Zaakirah), Masvaure, S (Dr Steven)
DEPARTMENT RESPONSIBLE: Economic Perfomance and Development (EPD)

Abstract

The primary purpose of the Development Projects Impact Assessment Study (DPIAS) is to provide empirical evidence of the impact attributable to the support given to these development projects from the NDA over a five-year period between 2008 and 2012. The impact assessment aims to measure short and long term impact of these projects on: I. Individual organisations funded by the NDA is the past five years in relation to growth and sustainability; II. Improved CSOs management processed used to run the organisation; III. Increase sources of funding, income and savings levels for the organisation; IV. Improved quality of services offered by the organisations (The unit of analysis for the above being the funded projects); and V. Improved quality of life of beneficiaries and households of members of the organisation. (The unit of analysis here will be the participants and beneficiaries.) The impact assessment also intends to assess the cost effectives and efficiencies of using the current model in supporting CSO???s developmental programmes for poverty alleviation. The impact evaluation will be used to inform national policy on supporting CSOs development programmes and lobby the private sector to invest more on the development of community based developmental efforts. The four specific objectives of the Impact Assessment Study are: 1 To provide an accurate assessment of the contribution made by the NDA poverty alleviation projects (food security, income generation and early childhood development) on beneficiaries, households and the organisations. 2 To measure the impact, positive or negative, that can be attributed to the NDA poverty alleviation programmes on individual livelihood and households. 3 To produce an impact assessment report that can assist the NDA to enhance the planning, implementation and monitoring of its poverty alleviation projects. 4 To inform policy and strategies on how the country can improve developmental programmes aimed at poverty alleviation, especially on the areas of income generation, early childhood development and food security. In this study EPD proposes an approach for assessing how the NDA support to civil society organizations to address poverty and developmental deficits in South Africa has helped to achieve better livelihoods, food and nutrition security and wellbeing outcomes for poor and vulnerable households in South Africa.