In line with its commitment to incorporating learning into its monitoring and evaluation practices, in 2013 CSVR introduced developmental evaluation based on facilitated learning exercises into one of its research projects. The Urban Violence project aimed to increase understanding of the role of the Community Work Programme (CWP), a South African public employment initiative, in reducing crime and violence, as well as to promote this role through evidence-based interventions and advocacy with community, government and other stakeholders. As the research involved engagement with diverse stakeholders at community, provincial and national level, in addition to being implemented by a team of researchers at six sites around the country, the project's learning, monitoring and evaluation (LME) agenda was complex. This report reflects on the design and implementation of an LME plan for a policy-oriented and community-based research project, identifying the benefits and challenges of conducting LME in such a research context and sharing lessons learnt in the process.
Integrating Learning Monitoring and Evaluation into Policy-Oriented Research