Projects with data sets

Randomized controlled trial of a couples-based intervention to increase testing for HIV among heterosexual couples (CIC) 2012-14 in Vulindlela, South Africa

The is need for HIV prevention interventions that: 1) target couples; 2) increase uptake of couples-based voluntary counselling and testing (CVCT) and 3) examine the role of relationship factors on testing and sexual behaviours. To address this need, this study will test the efficacy of a behavioural intervention program to increase uptake for couples-based VCT and reduce sexual risk behaviour for HIV among couples living in Vulindlela, South Africa. Saharan Africa.

siyaJabula siyaKhula's Learner regeneration project Mhinga in Limpopo (sJsK) 2013-14

In June 2011 siyaJabula siyaKhula (sJsK) applied for a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The subsequent grant award, from the USAID's School Capacity and Innovation Program (SCIP), was augmented by the Elma Foundation and enabled sJsK to expand and test a three-year language development intervention in primary schools. The grant also provided for an impact evaluation of the intervention by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).

Socio-economic impact of the global financial crisis on South Africa (OXFAM)
This study investigated the impacts of the global recession through its impacts on women, specifically poor women. The research therefore focused on the human and social dimensions of the crisis which are often drowned by research that centres on the macroeconomic progression of the crisis. In commissioning this work Oxfam was trying to respond to a research and monitoring gap that has been created by the dominate focus on national or macro-economic impacts of the crisis.
South Africa - Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE)

The multi-country Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE) is run by the World Health Organization's (WHO) Multi-Country Studies unit in the Innovation, Information, Evidence and Research Cluster in collaboration with various research organizations and Ministries of Health in some of the countries. SAGE is part of the unit's Longitudinal Study Programme which is compiling longitudinal data on the health and well-being of adult populations, and the ageing process, through primary data collection and secondary data analysis. SAGE baseline data (Wave 0, 2002/3) was collected as part of WHO's World Health Survey (WHS).
The data and documentation is available for download from the WHO website at

South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES-1) 2011-12
The South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES) was established as a continuous population health survey to address the changing health needs in the country and provide a broader and more comprehensive platform to study the health status of the nation on a regular basis.
South African National HIV Prevalence, HIV Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey (SABSSM)
South Africa continues to have the largest number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the world. This study intends to understand the determinants that lead South Africans to be vulnerable and susceptible to HIV, explore shifts over time against a complex of demographic and other variables, as well as allow for investigation of new areas.
South African National Innovation Survey (INNOV)
Innovation Surveys are currently designed to measure the extent of innovative activity in the industry and service sectors of the economy and are based on the guidelines of the OECD/Eurostat Oslo Manual and the core EU Community Innovation Survey (CIS) but are usually adapted by countries to meet particular country needs or conditions.
Innovation Surveys are a source of data for developing policies to enhance innovation. The South African Innovation Survey follows the international OECD/Eurostat guidelines and methodology and is based on the core CIS with modifications and a few particular questions for the South African environment. Following international methodology allows the results of the South African Innovation Survey to be usefully compared with the results from other countries.
South African Poverty indicators 1996 - 2001 (SAPI)
The objective of this study was to provide an overview of South African poverty indicators between 1996 and 2001. Those households living in poverty have sunk deeper into poverty and the gap between rich and poor has widened.
Socio-Economic data sets from official national censuses were compared. The data originates from census 1996 and 2001.
The geographical units were standardized to the 2001 municipal boundaries.
The data covers the whole country at a municipal level for different time perio
South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS)

The South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS) is a nationally representative, cross-sectional survey that has been conducted on an annual basis by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) since its inception in 2003.

SASAS was developed with international and local assistance, and modelled on similar long-standing attitudinal survey series in the UK (British Social Attitudes: BSA), USA (General Social Survey: GSS) and Germany (German Social Survey: ALLBUS). The SASAS series is respected as a research infrastructure that provides a unique, long-term account of the changing nature of public values in modern South Africa. It therefore represents an important tool for better understanding our society and promoting evidence-based policy.

TARMII-fp: A teaching tool for enhancing Literacy Assessment (TTTELA) 2014
The project involved the development of assessment software referred to as TARMIIfp to help foundation phase teachers in South Africa improve their teaching. The study asked the question 'to what extent do teachers' use the software to improve their learners literacy development? The research design involved selecting 20 experimental and 20 control schools within a district in four provinces (Limpopo, Free State, North West and Mpumalanga) in South Africa. Each of the experimental schools was given a computer installed with the software. Data were collected on learners literacy achievement levels at the beginning and at the end of the 2014 academic year from a random sample of 20 learners from each of the three foundation phase grades (grades1, 2 and 3 in the selected schools). The study also collected additional data during the post-test assessment on school poverty quintile, gender of learners and in grade 3, variables describing the socioeconomic background of learners.
The evaluation of peer education in Western Cape schools: A longitudinal study (EPEP)
The purpose of this data collection was to measure change in attitudes, knowledge and behaviour of Grade 8 and Grade 9 learners on a set of pre-identified indicators in relation to peer education and HIV/AIDS. Three phases of data collection were conducted including baseline data at time0, time1 and time2 respectively. These data were analysed to explore whether peer education in our sample of schools had achieved the set objectives.
The Evaluation of the Expanded Public Works Programme II (EPWP II) 2009-2014 in KwaZulu-Natal, with specific reference to the Socio-Economic Impact of the Programme

Public employment programmes (PEPs) or (public works programmes (PWPs) remain a popular policy instrument globally and particularly in developing countries as a short term measure for tackling unemployment and alleviating poverty. They are premised on the notion that employment will directly impact household livelihoods through access to wages, while it will more broadly act as a stimulus for the economy.

The improvement of maternal and child morbidity and mortality surveillance system of South Africa (MIMMS) 2014-15 Gap analysis

This project was conceived to investigate the functionality of the South African civil registration and vital statistics system, and to identify those shortcomings that undermine its effectiveness and accuracy in the surveillance of birth and death statistics relative to expectant mothers, infants and children. Through a Gap analysis the challenges, bottlenecks and short circuits (the 'gaps') within the surveillance system that serve to compromise the efficiency and effectiveness of the system were identified.

The moral ecology of South Africa's township youth (IKASI) 2004-05: Western Cape
This study offers a complex youth ethnography of the moral sphere that explores how young people living in a context of poverty understand the concept of morality and how this construction facilitates their processes of moral formation.
The State Of Mpumalanga Population Report (MPPOP)
Four Individual interviews with government officials and 6 Focus group interviews with youth participants of Mpumalanga were conducted to compile a comprehensive state of the population report.