Postgraduate Studies

Monitoring and Evaluation Methods

[Please note applications for 2017 are closed and will reopen for 2018 in March/April 2017]

The Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) offers three M&E programmes - a Postgraduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation, an MPhil in Monitoring and Evaluation and a PhD in Evaluation Studies. Our M&E programme has been developed utilizing a framework of evaluator competencies which ensures that all offerings are cohesive and aligned to both national and international demands.

The key outcomes of the programme are that students who successfully complete the programme will:

  • have a good understanding of the history and development of M&E as a new “discipline” internationally as well as in South Africa;
  • have a good understanding of the main theoretical approaches and models in the field;
  • be able to design and conduct evaluation studies utilizing the most appropriate methods and techniques; and
  • have a good understanding of the professional (including ethical) and organizational considerations when managing the M&E portfolio in an organisation.

The purpose of the programme is to equip at least four categories of M&E professionals: M&E officials in government departments in African countries and abroad, programme managers from NGOs and other civil society organisations, evaluation consultants and academics who work in this field and who require a theoretical and professional underpinning in order to become the future teachers in the field.

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Postgraduate Diploma

MPhil

PhD


Science and Technology Studies

Science and Technology Studies (STS) interrogate and understand science as a social system and as a force that influences and shape society and life. It looks at science and research in the contexts of people’s lives, and studies the interactions and relationships between science and society. Scholars in this field investigate how social, political and cultural forces and values shape scientific research and innovation and how these, in turn, impact on society, politics and culture. They are also interested in how people respond to science – the expectations that people have of science to deliver solutions and innovations, but also the concerns that exist about the boundaries and impacts of cutting-edge science.

As a social endeavour, scientific research is practised by people within various institutional contexts. These include universities, science councils, national research institutes and laboratories, private firms and NGOs. Scientists form epistemic communities with specific rules and norms. They communicate in certain ways amongst themselves and form ‘citation cultures’ that identify bodies of scholarship.  Their research outputs and impacts are scrutinized which calls for an in-depth understanding of the scientific publication system and the best of currently available methods in research evaluation, including bibliometrics and scientometric indicators. Scientific research also needs to be effectively managed. Scientists are further accountable to society at large and under pressure to share their findings beyond the scientific community, which necessitates critical thinking on public science engagement.
 
The postgraduate programme in STS will introduce students to these different dimension and aspects of science as a complex social system. Our focus is on Africa and South Africa which means that we are particularly interested in topics related to science and development, the nature and formations of research systems in developing countries, public science engagement in the developing context, and ways of measuring research and its impacts in conditions of adversity (such as de-institutionalised research systems, lack of national funding, poor research infrastructure and continuing brain drain).

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MPhil

PhD