Connecting cash with care for better child well-being: A nine-month post intervention follow-up evaluation of a Family and Community Strengthening Programme for beneficiaries of the Child Support Grant

Eleanor Ross, Leila Patel, Madoda Sitshange and Khuliso Matidza - The Centre for Social Development in Africa (CSDA), University of Johannesburg

The Sihleng’imizi (meaning ‘we care for families’) Family Programme is designed to complement and scale up the positive benefits of the Child Support Grant (CSG) in South Africa and strengthen disadvantaged families to improve child well-being outcomes. The main purpose of the follow-up evaluation was to assess first, whether participants in the Sihleng’imizi Family Strengthening programmes had retained what they had learned and were able to implement these learnings nine months following termination of the intervention; second, to compare these findings with the control group that had not been exposed to the programme; and finally, to consider the policy implications of combining cash transfers with family care programmes. Accordingly, 25 families were randomly selected from the sample of families who participated in the intervention and 15 families who were similarly selected from the control group that did not receive the intervention. Over a 12-month period, data were collected for a total of 145 families composed of 71 families at baseline and 65 at end point with an attrition of 9 families.