CLEAR-AA launches its first Eval-Africa Seminar on the Challenges of Evidence Synthesis. 03 June 2015

To celebrate the International Year of Evaluation (IYE), CLEAR Anglophone Africa has planned a series of seminars throughout different African universities. The first of these seminars was held at University of Johannesburg in collaboration with the Africa Evidence Network (AEN). The seminar brought together over 50 African M&E practitioners, experts, academic and policy makers to discuss the applications, innovations, risks and challenges of evidence synthesis and standardizing evaluation results across different studies with different methodologies. Participants included various South African government departments, universities, think-tanks, donor agencies, evaluation companies and professional associations. Key note speakers included Dr Philip Davies Head of 3ie office in London, Dr Taryn Young Director of the Centre for Evidence-based Health Care at Stellenbosch University, and Dr Stephen Taylor researcher and advisor in the Office of the Director-General of the South African Department of Basic Education. Participants thoroughly enjoyed the seminar, which provided for important opportunity of knowledge exchange and strengthening of evaluation community of practice in Africa. Next Eval-Africa seminars are planned to be hosted at University of KwaZulu Natal, Stellenbosh and Cape Town later in the year. For more details and pictures of the event, see full report attached. Video of the seminar will soon be available for public view on the CLEAR AA website. For more information about the CLEAR AA seminars contact khotso.tsotsotso@wits.ac.za and neissan.besharati@wits.ac.za .