Experts in
Social Economic Research and Survey, Development Programme Monitoring and Evaluation, Economic Impact Assessments, Data Capture and Analysis and Business Consulting
Development Programme Monitoring and Evaluations (M&E)
The M & E Unit mainly caters for governments, NGOs, CBOs, and other development oriented organisations. Our main clients are foreign donors, skills development institutions (such as SETAs in South Africa) and development finance institutions (DFIs) who would want an independent and robust assessment of the developmental impact associated with their investments. Our studies are then used to document best practices in the development and operation of development programmes
The diagram below illustrates the completeness of our service offering in the M&E domain.
Some of our research and data analysis tools include:
Some of our research and data analysis tools include:

  • Statistical analysis and predictive software:SPSS (Statistical analysis and predictive software: www.spss.com),
  • Business analytics and Business intelligenceSAS (Business analytics and
  • Business intelligence software: www.sas.com )
  • Statistical, forecasting, and econometric modelling Eviews (Statistical, forecasting, and econometric modelling software: www.eviews.com )
  • Spread sheet with Visual Basic for Applications applicationMicrosoft Excel (spread sheet with Visual Basic for Applications application).
  • Monitoring and Evaluations (M&E)
    The other M&E methodologies we use (depending on nature of work) include:

  • The logical framework model
  • Participatory Methods
  • Cost Benefit and Cost Analysis
  • Effectiveness Analysis
  • Public Expenditure Tracking
  • Surveys (PETS)
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    The M & E Unit also offer the following complementary services:

  • Development Programme
  • Monitoring and Evaluations (M&E)
  • Monitoring and evaluation of educational and skills programmes
  • Policy development and evaluation
  • Policy impact studies
  • Socio-economic research and surveys
  • Primary research (Surveys, focus group discussions, in-depth interviews, etc)
  • Survey planning, design and operations
  • Data capturing and analysis (quantitative & qualitative analysis)
    Report writing
  • Economic Impact & Econometric Analysis (EIA) Track record
    A selection of projects undertaken by our ECONOMIC IMPACT & ECONOMETRIC ANALYSIS Unit are outlined below:
    2014 – Development of the W&RSETA Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Policy Framework.
    The W&RSETA was the first SETA to commission such a project. UCS developed the policy framework in line with country’s M&E policies, NSDSIII and the W&RSETA’s business model. The project involved development of policy framework, M&E tools and templates, train-the-trainer guide and capacity building.

    Outcome: Project closed successfully. The client asked for follow-up capacity building sessions.

    2013 – Impact Assessment & Evaluation of the W&RSETA Regional/ branch offices.
    UCS conducted a study to assess the efficiency, effectiveness, accessibility and visibility of regional offices. The study used both quantitative and qualitative research methods. The quantitative aspect of the study included econometric modelling , Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA ), to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of each regional office.

    Outcome: Client was impressed with quality of work and awarded us more follow-up projects.

    2012 – Impact Evaluation of the W&RSETA Voucher Training Programme.
    The W&RSETA Voucher Training Programme was initiated to facilitate and optimise employee training within SMMEs in the Wholesale and Retail sector. UCS conducted a study to provide W&RSETA with an impartial, substantive, critical and objective evaluation of the overall Voucher Training Programme.

    Outcome: Client was impressed with quality of work and awarded us more follow-up projects.

    2011 – HIV and AIDS Programme End of Project Final External Evaluation.
    The name of the programme evaluated is Community action against HIV/AIDS: – Together we WILL beat HIV! Project. It has the following components:

    (i) Behavioral Change Communication (Prevention (AB) and Stigma); (ii) Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT), and (iii) Care- OVC and HBC. UCS was involved in the entire project process from Questionnaire design, data collection, data capturing & analysis up-to report writing and final presentation.

    Outcome: Project closed successfully.

    2011 – Skills Audit of Educators and Centre Managers in Public Adult Learning Centres (PALCs), Gauteng Province.
    The project used the Skills Gap Analysis/Skills Needs Assessment Methodology.The projects involved: research planning, literature review, development of data collection instruments, data collection, data capturing, analysis and report writing.

    Outcome: Project closed successfully

    2009 – External Evaluation of the ABET Project.
    Project sub-contracted by Procurement Dynamics (Pty) Ltd. The evaluation covered the project’s impact, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability, replicability and relevance.

    Outcome: Project closed successfully.

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