Established in January 2010 as the Department of Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) in the Presidency, the department was renamed as the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in 2014 to reflect its changing role.
The DPME has a government-wide role in M&E, assessing management performance, supporting the national evaluation system, and developing planning and monitoring capacity. All the department’s efforts are aimed at addressing the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty, and inequality. Key focus areas and mandates include the National Development Plan and the five-year implementation plan, the Medium Term Strategic Framework. Using tools such as feedback from citizens, the department monitors implementation of these plans and attempts to identify and resolve problems.
The DPME has also played a crucial part in championing evidence-based policy-making in South Africa, in part through the PSPPD, which is located within the department. Together, they aim to develop and support processes of evaluation, research and the use of evidence in policy processes, both in the DPME and in other departments.