External Summative Evaluation Study of the Social Responsibility Programme


The Department of Environmental Affairs (and Tourism) (DEA)1 launched the Social Responsibility Programme (SRP) in 2004 under the auspices of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). SRP was to pursue the EPWP objectives and national priorities of poverty alleviation through employment creation and skills development whilst duly fulfilling the DEA?s core environmental commitments. The first five year cycle of EPWP drew to a close at the end of 2009. Chief Directorate: Social Responsibility Policy and Projects (SRPP) decided to undertake a full summative evaluation to inform future phases of the programme.

The evaluation included a review of the conceptualisation, design, delivery, implementation and management of the selected 43 SRP funded projects, the outputs and immediate outcomes as well as the identification of any constraints that directly affect the ability to achieve the programme?s stated objectives.

The evaluation identified commonalities across the projects to inform a funding model to apply in the selection of new projects in the future; recommend ways to rehabilitate weak points in the programme; and identify key strengths of successful projects that should be continued. The findings and lessons from the evaluation form the basis for a set of recommendations on the way forward.


Evaluation Number:
Report Approval:
Wednesday, 01 February 2012
Thursday, 07 February 2013
Initiated By:
Department of Environmental Affairs: Chief Directorate, Social Responsibility Policy and Projects
Undertaken By:
Genesis Analytics & Basic Blue Management Consultants
Evaluation Period:
August 2011-February 2012
Evaluation Area:
Social development, social security & assistance
Environment, climate change
National Outcome:
National Outcome 4: Decent employment through inclusive economic growth.
National Outcome 10: Environmental assets and natural resources that are well protected and continually enhanced.
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Evaluation Documents

File Name
212 EQAT 20130319 sh_mb.pdf
Summative Evaluation of the DEA (SRP).pdf 212.pdf

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