Extension Recovery Plan Programme in South Africa

3ie requested research organisations or consortia to submit qualifications for a proposal preparation grant. The prepared proposal will be for a rigorous impact evaluation of the Extension Recovery Plan (ERP) programme in South Africa.

The ERP programme is being implemented by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), Government of South Africa. This impact evaluation is part of the South African National Evaluation Plan for 2015-16.

The ERP is designed to capacitate agricultural extension practitioners who then render extension services to producers. This evaluation will assist in determining whether the extension practitioners capacitated through ERP managed to deliver a better service to their clients. The preliminary evaluation questions are based on the objectives of the ERP programme.

The evaluation questions will be finalised during the proposal preparation phase in consultation with the staff of DAFF and other key stakeholders. A list of possible evaluation questions can be found in the Request for Qualification (RFQ) document.

For more information about this call a, please read the  Request for qualifications (125.6 KB)

This call is now closed. The deadline for submitting applications was 23:59 GMT, 25 April 2016.

All key documents required for this application are available on the How to Apply page.

We did not receive any queries regarding this RFQ. The deadline for submitting questions was 1 April 2016.

At a glance

  • This call is in two phases. In the first phase a preparation grant of up to US$20,000 will be made to the qualifying research team.
  • Only legally registered organisations and consortia, not individuals, could apply.
  • The lead institution making the application must be located in the Republic of South Africa, with South African researchers as the lead principal investigators.
  • The application could have include other researchers, including those from outside South Africa, who are not employees of the grant-holding institution.
  • At the end of the preparatory phase, the selected team will submit the proposal, including a budget not to exceed US$500,000, using the 3ie policy window evaluation proposal form.

Extension Recovery Plan

When the democratic government took over in South Africa in 1994, a number of programmes aimed at inclusion of previously disadvantaged groups into the mainstream economy were introduced. Under agriculture, programmes related to land reform, i.e. redistribution and restitution were implemented. Such programmes introduced a number of producers as new entrants in the agricultural sector for economic gain. Extension practitioners were no match in terms of skills on demand and capacity for those kinds of producers. They were, through inequalities of the past, only equipped to deliver services at subsistence level, hence they were deemed inefficient by those beneficiaries of these government initiatives. The Extension Recovery Plan aims at revitalising extension and advisory services in South Africa and is being implemented through its five pillars: (1) ensuring visibility and accountability; (2) improving image and promoting professionalism; (3) recruitment of extension personnel; (4) reskilling and re-orientation of extension; and (5) provision of information and communication technology (ICT) and other resources.

3ie's Policy Window 

3ie’s Policy Window funds high-quality, mixed-method impact evaluations commissioned by 3ie members and their implementing agencies to answer questions about the attributable impact of interventions they implement. 3ie promotes theory-based impact evaluations that make use of a counterfactual (experimental or quasi-experimental) to examine the full causal chain of the programme and answer questions about what works, why, how and at what cost. 3ie also requires cost effectiveness or cost benefit analyses in the impact evaluations it supports.

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