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The organisers of the 5th Biennial SAMEA conference on Monitoring and Evaluation take pleasure in inviting you to partake in what will be the premier Monitoring & Evaluation event in South Africa for 2015. 

The theme for this year's conference is: '
Using Evaluation to Improve People's Lives'

The conference will address the following sub-thematic areas:
The sub-theme of evaluation use, accountability and public interest will explore how evaluations are used in South Africa, both by state and non-state actors, for public good. The conference will discuss what kind of evidence is considered when making evaluative judgments about the allocation of scarce resources and the costs/benefits of interventions, as well as consider the power dynamics that determine what becomes of evaluation conclusions and recommendations. The contested notions of accountability and public interest will prompt contributions that explore how monitoring data and evaluative evidence can be used and applied by a range of actors to advance their respective developmental goals. As a thematic area this seeks to engage civil society representatives, politicians, senior civil servants, NGO leadership, and representatives of international development organizations in who the use of monitoring and evaluation is ultimately dependent, beyond those core evaluation practitioners, academics and commissioners who make up our core community. This thematic area is inclusive of, but not limited to:
SAMEA's founding objectives include the promotion of high quality intellectual, ethical and professional standards in monitoring and evaluation, an increase in the use of theory and practice, as well as the development and adoption of methods and approaches suitable for our context. Thus, contributing to a growing body of knowledge around evaluation theory, design and methods, as well as developing the capacities of evaluators, especially new evaluators, finds prominence in the conference under the sub-theme approaches, designs and methods for monitoring, evaluating and conveying development impact. This sub-theme will include but is not limited to:
The international shift from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals presents new challenges and opportunities for M&E practitioners, users and stakeholders. As SAMEA looks forward, issues of culture and context, gender and equity, and the debate around professionalization are key issues facing international development evaluation. This sub-theme includes, but is not limited to the following:
The organisers hereby invite all M&E practitioners from the public, private and development spheres to:
The conference will provide an opportunity for Emerging Evaluators to receive support to participate in the conference. The conference also provides selected sponsorship and corresponding marketing opportunities to interested organisations.

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5th Biennial South African
Monitoring and Evaluation Association
Conference 2015

hosted by SAMEA, the PSC and the DPME

12 - 16 October 2015, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Important Update:
Ecomobility World Festival 2015
Sandton 1 - 31 October. Affecting transport and logistics. Click HERE for more information.

Important Dates

Registration Opens -
20 April 2015

Abstract Submissions Opens -
20 April 2015

Abstract Submissions Close -
17 July 2015

Accepted Papers -
24 July 2015

Final Programme -
11 August 2015

Early Bird Cut-off date -
11 September 2015

Conference Venue

The Hilton Hotel Sandton
138 Rivonia Road, Sandton, 2196


Conference Secretariat:
ILIOS Conferences (PTY) Ltd
Tel.: +27 21 836 8315
Tel.: +27 21 824 0564
Fax: +27 86 565 8914


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