n Journal of Public Administration - Structural provisions for establishing and managing Monitoring and Evaluation units in government departments




Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) has become part of the new management and accountability tools being used by the present South African government aimed at fast-tracking service delivery and ensuring hands-on performance by political leaders, government departments, ministries and extra-ministerial public office bearers. The introduction of the M&E system is essential for continuous appraisal of levels of performance of government projects and programmes and its coordinating institutions and individuals alike. It is important to note that M&E is also the primary means of collecting and analysing information, and this is intrinsic to good public and corporate governance. In order for M&E techniques to be used in a more positive manner, management and staff within government need to have a common understanding of the importance of the process involved and the contributions of M&E in addressing a myriad of service delivery challenges being faced by government at all levels. One principal cause of the failure of many M&E efforts has been the misunderstanding at the design and implementation stages. The M&E functions differ from one government department to another based on the envisaged deliverables of such departments. This article considers available structured organisational options that would provide the much needed roadmap towards establishing and managing the M&E functional units in government departments and ministries alike.


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