All of ESST’s programmes/projects are based on in-field research, which entails the compilation and systematic implementation of a questionnaire in order to gain information regarding the demographics of the target population.  Without this data, no meaningful profile can be drawn up, and such a profile is critical for the successful implementation of a programme/project. Over and above the assessment (both formative and summative, quantitative and qualitative) which forms an integral part of all our programmes/projects, ESST has also done assessment/research for various entities:

  • The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), reviewing theoretically and by way of field research its Curricula for Civic and Democracy Education, going back as far as 1994. Based on the findings, ESST also compiled a Monitoring and Evaluation Toolkit for the IEC’s future educational campaigns.
  • Statistics South Africa, testing, validating and finalising the questionnaire which would serve as the vehicle for sourcing information regarding the population of South Africa.
  • The Road Accident Fund, researching and conceptualising a baseline study of the RAF Amendment Act, in order to communicate it to the general public, drivers, passengers, foreigners and dependants of road accident victims.
  • Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, developing a rights-based intervention for children and parents under the umbrella of Childcare and Children in South Africa. The target population consisted of the most vulnerable and poor in our society and our brief was to come up with a tangible programme of action on how to reach and influence families to take better (informed) care of their children.
  • The Independent Development Trust (IDT), developing a theoretical framework within which projects and their outcomes can be assessed – the first initiative of this kind in South Africa.