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Deadline for Abstract submission

Abstracts should be submitted electronically by 17h00 on Monday 19 June 2019.

Conference Strands

The focus of this year’s conference will be on exploring the future of monitoring and evaluation in South Africa and understanding its contribution to creating a sustainable future for all.  We have identified six conference strands which will guide discussions:


Better Evidence for Public Policy and Implementation

focuses on how public sector institutions use evidence in policy and decision-making to deliver better outcomes for society.


This strand delves into how M&E provides evidence on the nature and scale of developmental challenges, implementation successes and shortcomings, outcomes and impacts. It will bring together officials from national, provincial and local government to discuss how they use M&E to inform policy-making, programme design and implementation to deliver sustainable outcomes for citizens.



provides a platform for delegates to discuss the influence of technology on how practitioners design M&E studies, collect data, analyse information, report on and visualise data.


This strand will provide a platform for delegates to discuss the influence of technology on how practitioners design M&E studies, collect data, analyse information, report on and visualise data. This strand will appeal to M&E practitioners, data scientists and computer scientists, who use big data and technology to improve their monitoring capabilities and the rigour of their evaluations.


Investing for Impact

explores the role of M&E in impact investing and corporate social investment programmes.


This strand will focus on how M&E tools and methodologies can be used to measure the impact of investments and corporate social investment programmes. This strand draws together M&E practitioners, impact investors, non-profit organisations, foundations, development finance institutions and companies to discuss the M&E methods, tools and techniques involved in impact investing.


Climate Change and Building Resilience

provides an opportunity to discuss how M&E helps us to assess implications of climate change on individuals, communities and organisations and through strong evidence contributes to building resilience.

Climate change has a profound impact on the lives and livelihoods of people across the continent. Climate-related disasters have led to economic and social losses, affecting the poorest and most vulnerable households disproportionately. Monitoring and evaluating climate adaptation and mitigation projects and programmes can provide valuable insights on how to build resilience in a changing world. This strand focuses on the use of M&E in gathering evidence on the efficiency and effectiveness of adaption and mitigation programmes.  


M&E and Non-Profits

draws lessons from how M&E is carried out in the non-profit sector and how it enables learning, how it shapes current practice and how it is adapting to changes brought about by technology, donor demands and communities’ needs.

Non-profit organisations are frequently called on to demonstrate the impact of their developmental interventions. This strand marshals evidence on how M&E is used by non-profit organisations to make decisions on the design, funding and implementation of their programmes.


M&E Skills in a Changing World

examines the changing skills requirements for the M&E profession in the 21st century and discusses the evolving roles of practitioners.


Development programmes are often complex and require careful analysis before any value judgement is made about them. As such, M&E practitioners require a multi-disciplinary set of knowledge and skills to effectively
monitor and evaluate interventions. While technical skills such as qualitative and quantitative analysis are important, softer skills and attributes such as cultural awareness are also essential for M&E practitioners. This strand will focus on the training and skills required by M&E practitioners in a wide range of sectors and contexts. It will appeal higher education institutions, training providers and all stakeholders currently involved in skills development.

Abstracts should be submitted under one of the above listed strands. Abstracts from a range of sectors are welcome, including but not limited to health, basic education, environment, agriculture, economic development and industrialisation, social development, security services, local government, higher education and training, human settlements, science and technology.

Presentation types

This year’s, SAMEA conference will have several different types of presentations to allow all delegates a chance to participate in the conference.  

  • Oral presentations are short talks that are given individually or as part of a panel at the conference. Oral presentations are normally 10-15 minutes, followed by questions from the audience. These presentations should demonstrate how M&E theories, tools and methods are used by practitioners and be aligned to the conference strand. Oral presentations may be grouped into:
    • A themed session within the conference will consists of 3-4 presentations of 10 minutes each on a common theme (e.g. education or health evaluation), followed by questions from the audience and open discussion.
    • A panel discussion is a formal, thematic, 60-minute presentation that focuses on an issue facing the field of monitoring and evaluation (e.g. use of evaluation results). The panel includes a coordinated 15-minute presentation by three presenters, followed by a discussant, on the general topic of the panel.
  • World Café consists of a 45-minute session with participants seated around three tables. Each table is given a topic to discuss with a facilitator guiding the discussion. After 15 minutes, participants move to the next table to discuss another topic. After participants have discussed all three topics, the facilitators will summarise the discussions and open the floor to questions and further inputs.
  • Lightning sessions use 20 PowerPoint slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds for a total presentation time of just 5 minutes. These types of sessions convey a very clear message, idea or method. Lightning presentations are interesting and fun to attend or present.
  • Poster entails a poster size presentation with visual representation (graphs, diagrams, photos) as well as text. Infographics could depict an evaluation study including questions asked in the study through methodology, data, findings and conclusion; and may include specific case-study/studies. Infographics will be displayed, and presenters need to be available to respond to questions asked about the infographic when on display.  


How to submit your abstract?

Abstracts for Papers must be submitted in English and should be no longer than 300 words. Abstracts must be submitted by 19 June 2019. All abstracts will be reviewed, and authors informed of the outcome by 10 July 2019. Abstracts should include the following:

  • Title of the paper or poster
  • The conference strand that the paper or poster addresses
  • Name, title/s and institutional affiliation of author/s
  • Name and title/s of presenting author
  • E-mail and telephone contact details of presenting author
  • Abstracts may not be longer than 300 words. Abstracts should clearly state:
    • Introduction & objectives of the paper or poster
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusions


To submit an Abstract, please click on the Abstract Submission tab above.

Submission Deadline: 19 June 2019


Notification and correspondence


Authors will be notified whether their abstract has been accepted as an oral or poster presentation, by e-mail by 10 July 2019. All presenters of accepted abstracts must be registered as Conference delegates and the onus is on the delegate to register themselves on the relevant registration platform.




Accepted abstracts (of registered presenters) will be published in the Conference Programme and distributed to delegates.


Special conference edition of the AEJ

The African Evaluation Journal (AEJ) provides a platform for M&E practitioners on the continent to publish their work, showcase their innovative methodologies and tools. From time to time, the AEJ runs special editions focusing on key developments and events in the field. SAMEA is currently in discussions with the African Evaluation Journal (AEJ) to run a special edition for the conference. Delegates who want their abstracts considered for publication in the AEJ must submit a full written paper. Full Paper submission deadline is the 4 October 2019.