Early childhood and development work

Type Book Section - South Africa: Measuring Up—The Sobambisana Evaluation
Title Early childhood and development work
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2018
Page numbers 91-112
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
URL https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-91319-3_5
The Sobambisana evaluation was the first attempt in South Africa to develop a local evidence base for interventions to improve social sector early childhood development (ECD) services. It focused on a range of programs offered by five not-for-profit organizations. Three classes of evaluation were conducted: implementation evaluation, outcome evaluation and impact evaluation. The sourcing of appropriate measures, the need for adaptation not only for a South African population but also across urban, rural and peri-urban communities and the processes of adaptation, for instance, the challenges of identifying and training suitable local language speaking assessors, are all relevant to issues of measurement in low- and middle-income countries. In this case, they led to the development of a standardized, low-cost South African Early Learning Outcomes Measure, available in local languages, which can be administered by a trained ECD practitioner.

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