Our analyst wins SAMEA's Young and Emerging Evaluator Award

Genesis staffer Ashleigh Fynn won the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association's Young and Emerging Evaluator (YEE) Award at their conference in Joburg in October.

In the citation, SAMEA said Ashleigh has made "substantial strides in her understanding of evaluation theory and practice through a variety of projects. Most recently as a core team member for the Evaluation of the National Evaluation System. 

"Ashleigh also conducted an evaluation of Corruption Watch’s Bua Mzansi campaign, which was designed to increase and inspire public participation in the appointment of a public prosecutor. Ashleigh will be presenting this evaluation at the upcoming AEA conference in November.

"Ashleigh has been pro-active at identifying, expanding and encouraging her team’s use of digital and social media monitoring tools, ensuring the team remains ‘cutting edge’."

The SAMEA Emerging Evaluator award celebrates  evaluators who, in the earliest stages of their career, have made significant contributions to the field or practice of evaluation and  who demonstrate quality and effectiveness in their work. In 2015 Genesis won two awards.

Genesis staff from the Evalusation for Development practice presented a number of papers at the conference:

Name of session

Title of presentation


Strengthening the Monitoring and Evaluation Profession

Strengthening Evaluation Utilisation in South Africa

Thabisile Zuma (E4D)

Lessons Learned from the National Evaluation System

Lessons from the South African National Evaluation System

Alyna Wyatt and Jamie Robertson 

Driving Evidence Use in Multi-Stakeholder Environments

Learning Partnerships: Successfully Generating Purpose Driven M&E

Caitlin Smit

Evidence Use: Solutions and The Way Forward

Strengthening the coordination and implementation of the national performance monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems in Botswana

Alyna Wyatt

Two papers were also presented by the Health practice:

Applying a stepped wedge design to evaluate a school-based intervention: Lessons Learned (paper presented at the conference)

Using a prevention cascade to understand the impact of interventions on the voluntary medical male circumcision programme in South Africa (paper presented at the conference)