n Journal of Educational Studies - Using the responsive evaluation approach in evaluating the implementation of the Child Friendly Schools Programme in South Africa




The purpose of the paper is to reflect on the use of the Responsive Evaluation approach, in evaluating the implementation of the Child Friendly Schools (CFS) programme at the secondary school level and also to understand the way in which the programme was being implemented. The focus on the implementation was prompted by the fact that since 1994, many policies, frameworks and programmes on schooling and safety have been developed. However, there seems to be difficulty with regard to the actual implementation of many of these initiatives, in particular, safety in schools. A qualitative approach using a case study design was adopted. The study used observation, interviews and documents as the methods of data collection. Data were analysed by using themes. Findings revealed that the Child Friendly Schools programme is being implemented in schools, although the level of implementation differs from one school to another. The study concludes that for implementation to succeed there is a need for the involvement of all stakeholders so that they are well informed about the programme. The conclusion additionally reflects on the use of the responsive evaluation approach the lessons learnt.


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