OUR CONSULTANCY OFFERINGS
CESAR provides consultancy services in all aspects of research and evaluations from inception to completion. This includes research designs, designing monitoring and evaluations systems, technical reviews, programme evaluations, questionnaire validation, data collection, data capture, data analysis and report writing.
Our expertise is research surveys, evaluations, programme science, data quality and use for experimental and quasi-experimental techniques for impact evaluation. Our strongest points are our expertise and absolute dedication to rigour. This starts from attention to the research design to the field work and data analysis. We understand the potential threats to research validity and guard against them throughout the lifetime of the project.
We are experts in the use of different research designs to answer research questions needed to solve existing problems in health, education and allied field. Our researchers have been involved in the design and analysis of over a hundred research projects in different parts of the world. Specifically, in South Africa and beyond, we have conducted research projects in the aforementioned sectors. As a result, we have in-depth understanding of development issues and drivers of change affecting the continent.
We are experts in the use of experimental and non-experimental designs for evaluating the impact of interventions. We understand the science of intervention and provide support with designing and evaluating the impact of intervention programmes. The central theme in impact evaluation is cause-and-effect attribution. We know the common threats to attribution, and so using the programme logic model and setting, we ensure a rigorous design that will enhance research validity. We are experts in creating counterfactual groups at the design and/or analysis stage of evaluation research.
We have conducted different types of research surveys from surveys using small convenient samples to large national surveys using probabilistic sampling. Our strongest points for research surveys are our expertise and experience in research designs and statistics, as well as our dedication to rigour. We start by ensuring that the research design can answer the research questions and ensure that validity is a key focus in the data collection and data analysis. We understand the potential threats to research validity and guard against them from inception to completion.
The quality of any research ultimately falls on the quality of the data collected. CESAR specializes in collecting quality research data for three reasons:
We design databases for clients who want to capture their data themselves. We use simple software like Microsoft Access, Epi-Info, Epi-Data and more advanced software depending on the size and needs of the project. All databases can be customized to client’s needs – with range checks, skip patterns, etc. – in order to allow for accuracy and efficiency.
CESAR provides data capture services to research and business organisations. For the same reason we collect high quality research data, we also produce excellent output in data capture. Our data capturers are trained and supervised. CESAR also provides training for data capturers, for example, our course Professional Course in Data Capture has benefited organisations that employ data capturers
Many organisations often have large amount of unanalysed data. Yet, data analysis and interpretation can significantly improve the quality of work done, service rendered and number of lives impacted. At CESAR, we primarily use Stata for data analysis. Stata is arguably the best software for data management and statistical analysis. We also have many years of experience in collecting and analysing qualitative. We use Nvivo for qualitative data analysis. data.
Why organisations use us across the continent:
Our consultancy team includes a range of in-house research and evaluation experts including epidemiologists, biostatisticians, medical doctor, quantitative economist and public health practitioner. We also have a team of field workers and data capturers. The team is backstopped by a fieldwork manager and communications manager who ensure that deadlines are met and communication is maintained with the client throughout the process.
PROJECTS COMPLETED IN 2017
In the past five years, CESAR has completed a number of small and big projects. Some are listed below.
|Description||CESAR was appointed to review, analyse and compile South Africa’s National AIDS Response Progress Report for 2016, highlight main achievements to date. The 2016 GARPR analysed the progress, at country level, towards achievements of the ten targets set by the United Nations showing trends over the years. Based on findings from the technical review of over 100 documents, CESAR produced the synthesis with recommendations for the HIV/AIDS response in the country.|
|Client||South African National Aids Council (SANAC).|
|Description||CESAR was commissioned by Word of Mouth Productions to conduct a rapid evaluation of a 13-episode TV drama series on road safety in South Africa. The evaluation utilised Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) to get feedback on aired and unaired episodes of the series. The study sought to understand how road users perceive the drama episodes. This evaluation provided important feedback to the scriptwriters and production staff of the social and behavioural change television programme.|
|Client||Word of Mouth Production.|
|Client||Khulisa Management Services.|
|Description||Truck drivers have unique health needs and experience difficulties in accessing healthcare. Currently, planning for effective care is hindered by lack of knowledge about their health needs. A cross sectional study of long distance truck drivers was conducted to provide insight into the risk factors and diseases which impact the health of South African men. CESAR was contracted after the survey to conduct data cleaning, management and analysis for the project.|
|Client||Wits Reproductive Health Institute (WRHI).|
|Description||CESAR captured questionnaire data for 635 Learners and utilised double capture and data compare to ensure high data quality. CESAR conducted quantitative and qualitative analysis on the data and submitted completed a full report on the research findings. The data forms part of HWSETA M & E work.|
|Client||Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA)|
|Description||UNAIDS Zimbabwe contracted CESAR’s Research Technical Leader to conduct an epidemiological synthesis of the HIV epidemic in Zimbabwe. This epidemiological data analysis was commissioned to provide recent evidence to inform the revision of the Zimbabwe National AIDS Strategic Plan (ZNASP). The last comprehensive analysis was carried out in 2010 and has since been overtaken by events. Therefore, the goal of this synthesis was to understand the changes that have taken place since 2010 and identify current extent and drivers of the epidemic with the aim of making recommendations for the national response|
|Client||UNAIDS Zimbabwe (Through Mott MacDonald)|
|Description||The HLSP Evaluation Team was contracted to conduct an independent End-of-Term Evaluation of AGEP to assess whether the intervention and research have been well-implemented. The team was also tasked to compare impact of the programme across similar programmes in the continent with the question: Is the Zambia programme the most cost-effective and efficient approach to empower adolescent. CESAR’s Research Technical Leader was contracted as part of the four-man evaluation experts and functioned as the epidemiologist (quantitative researcher) in the team.|
|Client||UK DFID (Through Mott MacDonald)|
PROJECTS COMPLETED IN 2014
|Description||A cross-sectional survey of 270 non-profit organisations in all nine provinces of South Africa. The aims of the project were to produce a detailed profile of the NPOs in health and social development sector and to outline their skills needs.|
|Client||Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA)|
|Description||A cross-sectional survey of 25 health facilities in Ekhuruleni District. The study included 27 facility managers; 195 healthcare workers; six School Health Teams, 50 Community Healthcare Workers and five Outreach Team Leaders. The aim of the project was to collect data on the activities undertaken by healthcare workers (HCW) while at work and to estimate the time taken to perform those activities. The data was fed into an algorithm for calculating staffing requirements and setting staffing norms.|
|Client||BroadReach Healthcare International|
|Description||Independent Monitoring and Evaluation of four TB Reach project in Mozambique and Nigeria.|
|Client||World Health Organisation though HLSP|
|Description||The main objective of this technical assignment was to conduct an assessment of the CHARM project implemented in seven districts of Punjab|
|Client||UK DFID through HLSP London|
|Description||The HLSP Evaluation Team was contracted to conduct an independent Mid-Term Evaluation (MTE) and an End-of-Term Evaluation to assess whether the intervention and research have been well-implemented. The MTE was conducted in 2014.|
|Description||The study was designed to have an understanding of the dynamics and drivers of the HIV epidemic in Amhara and to inform the relevant regional HIV prevention response.|
|Client||UNAIDS through HLSP|