Client: V&A Waterfront Company
Impact Economix has been contracted to deliver monitoring and evaluation services to the Docks Project based at Cape Town’s famous Waterfront tourism precinct (which includes a Kitchen Incubator, working food maker spaces, and a market) to assist aspirant food entrepreneurs. The Project is funded by both the V&A Waterfront Company and the Jobs Fund (Total funds of about R86 million have been committed with R20.5 million of this being provided by the Jobs Fund) and will be implemented in 2020 – this opportunity is unique as the evaluation consultants will be involved throughout every project phase. The project has taken on the model of a kitchen incubator and provides these food entrepreneurs with affordable access to kitchen equipment and space. Jobs Fund funding will allow the V&A Waterfront to provide access to premises as well as the broader business ecosystem and retail market access opportunities to previously disadvantaged entrepreneurs at subsidised rental levels.
There is also a focus on developing the social capital of food entrepreneurs through mentorship and networking activities linking entrepreneurs to the Waterfront and broader Cape Town ecosystem. A key long-term objective and indicator included in this Project is job creation. Impact Economix is currently conducting a formative evaluation and a rolling-baseline for this project. The appointment may be extended to include the mid-term and summative evaluations. The formative evaluation focuses on putting in place an M&E Plan to guide what information should be monitored, collected, and reported so that a rolling-baseline is in place to inform further evaluation efforts (mid-term and summative evaluations). Using a theory driven approach, Impact Economix has developed a theory of change for the project and developed an M&E plan. The M&E Plan will guide the collection of a range of quantitative data on business performance, as well as qualitative data using the Most Significant Change technique to identify which of the emerging outcomes beneficiaries’ view as the most important.