Implementation Evaluation of EPWP in the Social Sector: Phase Two (2009/10 - 2013/14)


The Expanded Public Works Programme Social Sector (EPWP-SS), launched in 2004, aims to draw the unemployed into productive work in public sector social services, enabling them to earn an income; providing them with training and skills; and enabling them to find employment or self-employment. Programmes are implemented by national, provincial and local government. The Sector is coordinated by the Department of Social Development (DSD) while the Department of Public Works (DPW) acts as the overall coordinator of EPWP.
With the National Development Plan (NDP) indicating EPWP-SS as an area for potential expansion, the evaluation assessed implementation in Phase Two (2009/2010-2013/2014) and identified areas for improvement in Phase Three. The evaluation employed a mixed methods approach, drawing on data from interviews; focus groups; programme and committee documentation; and monitoring data, to evaluate the effectiveness of implementation. In light of implementation the evaluation commented on the likelihood of meeting objectives, expansion opportunities, and design considerations.


Evaluation Number:
Report Approval:
Monday, 08 June 2015
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
Initiated By:
Department of Social Development and Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
Undertaken By:
Economic Policy Research Institute
Evaluation Period:
29 May 2014 - 8 June 2015
Evaluation Area:
Social development, social security & assistance
Labour issues & employment
Poverty, socio-economic dev, access to credit
National Outcome:
National Outcome 7: Vibrant, equitable and sustainable rural communities with food security for all.
National Outcome 13: An inclusive and responsive social protection system.
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Evaluation Documents

File Name
Final summary report 15 07 13.pdf
EPWP final full report 15 06 08 .pdf
AGE Assessment Report - Implementation Evaluation of EPWP.pdf
Approved management response and IP.pdf

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