Monitoring and evaluation
UNICEF helps to analyse how social and economic policies affect the well-being of children and women. Analytical studies are used to improve the design, implementation and monitoring of child and women-friendly policies.
Part of the search for evidence of what works best for children lies in policy evaluation. In South Africa, UNICEF supports impact evaluations of major social programmes such as the Child Support Grant. This type of institutional support is vital to scaling up and managing large social programmes that benefit millions of children and women.
UNICEF works with different government partners to strengthen systems development in monitoring and evaluation (M&E), in particular with the Department of Basic Education and the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities. A robust M&E framework will be an indispensable tool for tracking the situation of children, as well as reporting and advocacy for child rights.
Statistics South Africa and UNICEF work on DevInfo, a powerful database system for monitoring human development, which will be launched in 2012 and will provide the latest statistics on various child rights and MDG indicators.