Framework for Evaluating the Expanded Public Works Programmeby ALTMAN, M., MAYER, M.J., WOOLARD I., DU TOIT, R., ZUMA, K. & PHAKATHI, S. , 2004
Research report, Employment and Economic Policy Research, Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria.
The purpose of this report is to set out a framework for evaluating the impact of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). The monitoring framework is provided in a separate document. The report provides a comprehensive and integrated approach to evaluating the impact of the EPWP on employment, poverty and service delivery. The research methodology included a review of domestic and international literature, as well as close interactions with government departments tasked with implementing the various programmes that comprise the EPWP. The development of the evaluation programme for the EPWP has been guided by three factors: international best practice in the evaluation of public works programmes, the areas to be evaluated, and the cost associated with different evaluation techniques. The research team sought to find a balance between these three that would yield an effective and affordable evaluation framework. The proposed evaluation techniques include cross-sectional surveys, longitudinal surveys, case studies, poverty impact analysis, aggregate impact analysis, and an assessment of quality of assets and services.