CREST has a long tradition in training postgraduate students in monitoring and evaluation studies. In recent years, various lines of research in the field of evaluation studies have emerged and been developed including research on the evaluation landscape in Africa, evaluator competencies, new and innovative methods in evaluation research as well as the growing professionalisation of the field in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa. This work is consolidated in the Evaluation Studies Programme under the leadership of Dr Lauren Wildschut.
Scientometrics and STI Policy
Since its establishment in 1995, CREST has conducted various research projects in the field of scientometrics, bibliometrics, research policy and higher education knowledge production. In April 2014, CREST was awarded the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and STI Policy (SciSTIP) which has since consolidated and advanced the work of CREST in this area. Prof. Johann Mouton is the director of SciSTIP.
Science communication and engagement
A third and more recent research work stream at CREST on science communication and public engagement was initiated in 2013. This culminated in January 2015 when a South African Research Chair in Science Communication (SciCOM) was awarded to Prof Peter Weingart. The chair has expanded its work into numerous new areas included the role of media in science, public attitudes towards and trust in science, science communication to different publics and the relationship between science communication and scientific advice.
- The African evaluation landscape€ 100,-
- The professionalisation of evaluators€ 200,-
- Innovative evaluation approaches€ 300,-
- Evaluation education€ 300,-
- Qualitative approaches in evaluation€ 300,-