Eight years with the Gauteng Department of Health, responsible for Policy, Strategic Planning and Research, emphasised the need for evidence-based plans and programmes, and for M&E systems that are rigorous and responsive to the dynamic public health system.
She left the Department to become the Assistant Country Representative of the United Nations Population Fund, where she was also responsible for M&E, and measuring the results of the Country Programme of Support to SA. Before that she was a research programme manager designing and implementing research studies and evaluations for a social and developmental research NGO.
She has substantial experience with developing results-based Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks for monitoring progress against plans, both for government and UN programmes. She is particularly interested in measuring (and attributing) impact, measuring organisational performance, improving the use of data in planning and budgeting, and improving the consumption and analysis of data to ensure evidence-based programmes and decision-making.
Sue joined Aurum in 2016 to establish the new M&E Technical Assistance Department. The focus of the Department is to provide technical support to government officials who are involved in monitoring HIV and TB programmes at sub-district, district and provincial level, and to build long-term sustainable government capacity around M&E. A secondary focus is to provide similar support to Aurum to ensure that the organisation has a reputation for M&E excellence.