Evaluating the Outcomes and Impact of Five (5) Projects Using the Case Study Method

Monday, 9 November 2015

K. Elizabeth Mokoka, PhD, RN, RM, FANSA
UNEDSA, FUNDISA, Pretoria, South Africa
Hester C. Klopper, PhD, MBA, RN, RM, FANSA, FAAN
FUNDISA, University of the Western Cape and North-West University, Pretoria, South Africa




Between 2006 and 2012, Atlantic Philanthropies (AP) invested 32.8 million USD to strengthen the nursing sector in South Africa. Of the work that has been done, through nineteen projects, five projects were identified and selected by Atlantic to be documented as case studies to be shared with a wider audience of the nursing and other relevant sectors and interest groups. The Forum for University Nursing Deans of SA (FUNDISA) was contracted to construct the case studies.

OBJECTIVE: To develop case studies on selected projects to describe what was achieved, the projects’ outcomes and impact it made in the lives of the beneficiaries; and to document lessons and best practices in order to share and replicate these best practices.

METHODS: Each of the five case studies were described, using the appreciative enquiry approach, where achievements, assets,  innovations, strengths, as well as lessons learnt and opportunities for sustainability, high points and success stories were described from data collected from multiple data sources using methods  such as interviews, observation and document reviews.

RESULTS: In all 5 case studies, replicable best practices were identified and described. In collaboration with Atlantic Philanthropies, the case studies are disseminated to all the relevant audiences through publications and presentations. The specific case study method used will also be shared with other project implementers as it can be used during the conclusion of projects.

CONCLUSION: Case studies are suitable for answering questions that funders might have regarding their investments. They are also useful in evaluating the outcomes and deliver evidence that the project is having an impact on the lives of beneficiaries.