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2015

Justice as a right in SA EPP project

 Freedom House is an independent watchdog organisation dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world. CASE was commissioned by the organisation to conduct focus groups with youth for the USAID-funded Electoral and Political Processes (EPP) project to increase citizen participation in governance processes. A total of twelve focus groups were conducted in Gauteng, KwaZulu/Natal, North West and Western Cape  provinces, with respondents coming from a range of socio-economic backgrounds, covering rural, urban and peri-urban areas in all four provinces. The research focused on youth’s engagement with political parties and elected officials in South Africa.

Mentoring research services

Community Agency for Social Enquiry (CASE) has been contracted by the Department of Social Development Mpumalanga – Population Unit to provide mentorship program for the research team. The program provides technical support during research process by giving inputs to proposal tools and final reporting. As part of the mentoring guidance regarding sampling, data capturing and cleaning is included. This is done both virtually and face- to- face to support the team.

NUM focus groups

The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) is conducting research for the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) to inform the NUM’s organisational renewal. C A S E has been contracted by MISTRA to moderate, translate and transcribe 37 focus groups that comprise NUM members across all its sectors and regions.

Process Evaluation and Baseline Assessment of the Global Fund OVC South African Programme

The study assess the functioning of the OVC programme where the direct services provided to OVC and their households through the GF OVC Program as implemented by the Sub Recipients (SRs) and Sub sub recipients (SSRs). The following four main objectives guides this research study a) assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the OVC programme  b) evaluate the alignment of OVC Programme with national OVC policies, guidelines and programmes c)review the OVC programme’s exit and sustainability strategies; and d) review the OVC Programme achievements.

Estimating nature and size of Bafokeng ‘Diaspora‘

In October 2014, the Royal Bafokeng Administration (RBA) commissioned the Community Agency for Social Enquiry (C A S E) to undertake a study that would avail information to quantify the Royal Bafokeng Nation (RBN) ‘diaspora’ and understand its composition and relationship with the RBN. The study aims to establish the approximate size, spread and composition of the ‘Diaspora’ community, and the nature of its connections with the Bafokeng ‘home’ area. Both quantitative and qualitative methodologies will be adopted in executing the study.

End term outcome evaluation Regional, Sexual, Reproductive health and rights (SRHR program)

Soul City Institute through the support of the Embassy of Sweden regional office in Lusaka has implemented a sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) program in seven (7) countries within the Southern Africa region. This programme has been implemented in Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia. The program focused on Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) strategies that targeted key populations within the border areas so as to accelerate HIV prevention and addressed key Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. The use of multi-media (print, radio, TV and social media) and social mobilisation to build the knowledge and shift norms of these groups about HIV prevention, contraception and health rights, and to promote healthy choices. The evaluation of the following objectives. a) Intensify cross border Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) interventions with a particular focus on high risk groups and migrant populations. b) Develop strong political leadership on HIV and SRHR in the region, as well as consolidate regional alliances and partnerships to intensify SBCC interventions. c) Advocate among leaders at local, national, regional and global level for increased promotion of human rights and gender equality and effective SBCC. d) Develop in-country SBCC interventions targeting young people in SRHR including HIV & AIDS for use in countries and aligned with national policies.

The State of the Youth Development in Gauteng

The study on "The State of the Youth Development in Gauteng" was commissioned by the Gauteng Provincial Government's (GPG) to: provide an overview of the political and socio-economic status of the youth with focus on the broad socio-economic trends and trends in relation to democratic rights in key outcome areas, in relation to youth development, using Census data, the Quality of Life Surveys and other relevant sources ; and an evaluation of government performance and government programme implementation to improve the lives of the youth and contribute to youth development. The aim of the research was to inform the 2014-2019 Gauteng Medium Term Strategic Framework and the Youth Development Programme of Action. The research methodology used was a diagnostic investigation of institutional and programmatic literature on youth development in the province. Information used was drawn primarily from the five year, ten year and 20 year review documents sourced from the GPG.

Assess the level of achievement of the NSC 2nd Chance Project

This project seeks to assess the level of achievement of the NSC 2nd Chance Project during the three year period of implementation. The NSC 2nd Chance Project was implemented by the Star Schools, on behalf of  the NYDA, to afford 2000 young people a second chance to complete their National Senior Certificate (matric). The project targeted 2036, 2641, and 2950 young people who had failed four (principally Mathematics, English, Accounting and Physical Science) or less subjects in 2010/11, 2011/12, and 2012/13 and offered them tuition and learner support; and prepared them to successfully pass the NSC examinations in the three years. The project was implemented in four provinces, namely: Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Western Cape.  The evaluation involves in-depth interviews with officials from the Department of Basic Education; NYDA and Stars Schools project implementers; Star Schools Educators and Centre managers; and a survey with learner beneficiaries.