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2010

Educators Mitigating the Impact of HIV and AIDS. 

C A S E is part of a consortium that comprises the Centre for Education Policy Development and South African Institute for Distance Education. C A S E was responsible for supplying a short-term quantitative expert as well as conducting a survey in schools in 500 schools where we sourced 5 educators who completed a self administered questionnaire. The project was done for Higher Education South Africa and funded by the European Commission.

Evaluation of service delivery at the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) pay points

This study, commissioned by the Department of Social Development, is measuring adherence to the norms and standards set out by the Department of Social Development for the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA). SASSA is the agency contracted by the department to administer the payment of social security grants. It is a survey of 1 600 people who use the pay points and the offices of SASSA and 54 in-depth interviews. We are also capturing data using observation sheets.

Crime and Criminal Justice

C A S E together with the centre for the study of Violence and Reconciliation and E E Research focus won a tender in 2007 to conduct survey of crime and the criminal justice system. The studies were envisaged to constitute a large national household study, institutional surveys based at the courts and the development of indicators to measure improvements in the performance of the National Prosecution Authority. In 2007 we completed victims of crime survey which was conducted at the household level. Last year the project delivered a report that was based on a satisfaction survey at the courts. This year we will be doing a court-based survey with prosecutors around service delivery and the qualitative study that looks at customer’s satisfaction from the perspective of the partners of the NPA. This project could lead to improvements in the criminal justice system.

Crime and Construction

This study for the Safety and Security Department of the Gauteng Province is looking at the relationship between crime and construction sites. It constitutes a survey of households that are located close to construction sites and interviews with contractors and police. It wishes to establish whether there is any relationship between crime and construction.

Municipal Infrastructure assessment

This project builds on a previous study that C A S E did for the Development Bank of Southern Africa where we assessed municipal infrastructure through analysing the 2007 community survey data. The current focus is to understand problems in infrastructure delivery through holding focus group discussions with community members and interviews with municipal officials.

Evaluation of donor support for OVC’s in Lessotho and Swaziland.

C A S E has been contracted by the Open Society Foundation to prepare a report on donor support for Orphans and Vulnerable children in Lesotho and Swaziland.

USAID\Health Policy Initiative

Selection of HIV and AIDS Policy Champions

The Health Policy Initiative (HPI) is collaborating with the University of Stellenbosch to provide technical assistance for the development and teaching of modules on HIV/AIDS policy through a module on the Management of HIV/AIDS in the World of Work. This is done through a Postgraduate Diploma, offered by the Graduate School of Public and Development Management (PDM). It is presented by the African Centre for HIV/AIDS Management in the World of Work (Stellenbosch University). The Futures Group International (FGI) commissioned the Community Agency for Social Enquiry (C A S E) to conduct a study aimed at identifying and selecting HIV/AIDS policy champions targeted for technical assistance and profiling. The target group is graduates who completed the PDM course in 2007 and, who are involved in HIV/AIDS policy and programme related work in South Africa. The methodology constituted both qualitative and quantitative analysis through site visits and telephone interviews. 

UNICEF BASELINE STUDY 
The Children's Act of 2005, provides for child and youth care centre’s (CYCCs) as a form of alternative care for children found to be in need of care. The Act requires that child and youth care centre’s register with the Department of Social Development (DSD. More than 350 centres that would have been categorised as children's homes, places of safety and shelters under the Child Care Act are currently registered with DSD. C A S E has been commissioned to conduct a baseline survey of these registered CYCCs. The survey will collect basic information on each of the centres and the individual children residing in them. The resultant database will establish the basis for a set of indicators that will be used going forward to ensure that the centres conform with the requirements of the new Act.

Community Development Workers Programme (CDWP) 

The Community Development Workers Programme (CDWP) is a national programme and was introduced by previous president Thabo Mbeki in his State of the Nation Address dated 14 February 2003. The main aims of the programme are to improve poor people’s access to government services and, to strengthen the relationship between government and ordinary people. C A S E is commissioned by the Gauteng Department of Local Government and Housing to assess the CDWP in this province. The main objective of the study is to assess the extent to which the CDWP has been able to achieve its mandate of taking government closer to ordinary people, including the development of sustainable communities. This study employs both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and involves a literature review, in-depth interviews, a household survey and focus group discussions.

Quantitative Community Survey in Gert Sibande District

HDA commissioned C A S E to conduct this community study in Mpumalanga. C A S E used a cross-sectional, multi-stage, clustered study design to conduct this household survey among black African residents of Gert Sibande aged 16-55. The sample size in this survey was 750 participants. C A S E has so far submitted a clean dataset on the data gathered from this survey to HDA.

Exploring citizen perceptions of police with regards to corruption, integrity and professionalism

C A S E was contracted by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) to carry out a study on its behalf, which explored community perceptions and experiences of police corruption. The data collection entailed 15 focus group discussions with men and women living in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town about their experiences while interacting with members of the South African Police Service.

Domestic Workers

CASE awarded a contract by the SERVICE SETA to d a series of focus groups with domestic workers and employees as input to the lid-year deliberations on domestic workers at the International Labour Organisation in Geneva. The focus groups explored participations knowledge of key aspects of labour legislation and rights, and their experience as workers and employers. A total of 15 focus groups were conducted across five provinces- ten groups with workers and five with employers.

Evaluation of Irish Aid funding programme for students at public higher education institutions

In 2004, the Community Agency for Social Enquiry (C A S E) was commissioned to conduct the first phase of a possible tracer study of Irish Aid-funded NSFAS beneficiaries. This earlier study included examination and analysis of the NSFAS database as well as statistical analysis as well as documentary review and analysis in respect of scarce skills. The latter element was included as Irish Aid was at the time considering whether it should require that its funding be targeted at students studying in areas categorised as scarce skills. The contemplated tracer study was not done, and this study thus in some ways constitutes a follow-on of the earlier C A S E research.

TRaC survey

C A S E has been commissioned by The Society for Family Health to conduct a TRaC survey to measure the impact of its project interventions and activities, specifically its Condom Social Marketing (CSM) programme, and its YouthAIDs (YA) programme. The project was done in 3 major cities – Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, all of which were previously surveyed in a similar manner in 2008.

BLA-LEC 2009-2010

In 2004 and 2008, the C A S E conducted tracking exercises of the Commercial Law programmes, for the respective periods. In both the previous exercises, the broad objective was to assess whether the Commercial Law course was successful in meeting the immediate need of black lawyers. Based on the results from both these studies, designers of the course was able to restructure the course, so that it best fit the needs of participants in terms of the knowledge they require. The 2010 study however, seeked to go beyond the two previous exercises, by assessing whether the course fulfils the objective of ensuring the successful participation of black professionals in the economic and professional environment within which they function. In its broadest sense, this research project was concerned with the impact that attending the course has had on black legal professionals’ careers, from 2009 to 2010. It included in-depth interviews with black professionals who attended the Commercial law course in the previous years.

Rural Women and Land

The Women and Land Rights project is a two year project that that will generate research findings through literature reviews, a survey and participatory research with rural women's organisations. This research will then be used to support litigation and advocacy, in particular around “living” customary law. This will be done through policy discussions and other engagements with policy makers, submissions and litigation to support women’s claims for their rights, in terms of individual claims, struggles in particular areas, and in more national contestations, for example around the ongoing development of national legislation.

Non-government funding source for children’s act services

The Children’s Act on 2005, provides for child and youth care centre’s (CYCCs)as a form of alternative care for children found to be in need of care. The Act requires that child and youth care centre’s register with the Department of Social Development (DSD). More than 350 centres that would have been categorized as children’s homes, places of safety and shelters under the Child Care Act are currently registered with DSD.C A SE has information on each of the centres and the individual children residing in them. The resultant database will establish the basis for a set of indicators that will be used going forward to ensure that the centres conform with the requirements of the new Act.

Migration and Remittances Survey

C A S E was commissioned by Human Science Research Council to do a household survey in Gauteng and Limpopo provinces around migration and remittances.