Aligned with Khulisa’s vision to be an African M&E thought leader, our participation with M&E partner associations provides an opportunity to influence debate, professionalise and standardise M&E services, shape industry trends and participate in global policy formulation.
Since 2004, Khulisa has played an active role in building evaluation capacity and promoting the evaluation discipline in South Africa, Africa, and the globe.
Khulisa technical staff are members of the national evaluation associations in their respective countries of origin. For example, al South African staff are members of the South African Monitoring & Evaluation Association (SAMEA) – the official body for evaluation professionals in South Africa. Khulisa Director, Jennifer Bisgard, served as SAMEA’s founding Chair from 2005 to 2007, and staff regularly participates in the annual SAMEA conference, presenting papers and facilitating skills development workshops.
Khulisa is also actively involved in the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) – a continent-wide umbrella organisation for professional evaluators. From 2012 to 2014, Jennifer Bisgard served as the southern African representative and Interim General Secretary to the AfrEA Board. In 2014, Khulisa’s health division contributed directly to AfrEA’s 7th International Conference in Yaoundé, Cameroon by providing management and monitoring services to the conference’s Health strand.
As a direct outcome, Khulisa partnered with USAID’s African Strategies for Health (ASH) project to publish a special edition around “Health Evaluations” in the African Evaluation Journal (AEJ) in 2015. AEJ is Africa’s first open-source, peer-reviewed evaluation journal.
The trend in emerging Voluntary Organisations for Professional Evaluation is leading to a groundswell in international evaluation. In 2014, EvalPartners, a global movement to strengthen national evaluation capacities, declared 2015 as the International Year of Evaluation. Khulisa became an advocate of EvalYear 2015 through participation in international conferences, webinars, capacity building initiatives and global projects. Khulisa also played a leading role in the Global Evaluation Forum, which is planning for EvalVision 20/20.
Jennifer Bisgard serves on the 2014 to 2016 Board of the International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) and co-chairs the United Nations EvalPartners Task Team on Toolkits for Professional Evaluators and VOPEs.