Case studies:  Research, reviews & evaluation


Clients:  Various

Pinpoint has extensive experience in conducting desk-based and in-field qualitative and quantitative research. We are recognised for our professionalism, detail and quality.  Most of the work undertaken by Pinpoint contains a significant element of research. See the following case study pages for examples:

Vetting of completed research reports

Client:  Chemical Industries Education & Training Authority

Pinpoint is contracted by CHIETA to review and vet previously completed research reports. We draw on our research expertise to assess the reports for quality, methodology appropriateness and use, literature reviewed and analysis thereof, robustness of findings and recommendations, style and referencing. This provides CHIETA with a level of quality assurance for when they use the research to make informed decisions.

External review of WWF South Africa's Environmental Leaders Programme

Client:  WWF South Africa

Pinpoint was commissioned by WWF South Africa to undertake a review of their Environmental Leaders Programme (ELP). The aim of the review was to provide an expert opinion and recommendations for the programme's future. The programme's performance, focus, niche positioning for impact, viability and value to WWF nationally and globally were assessed. A 4th generation evaluation approach was adopted, which included desktop research and engagement with key internal WWF South Africa staff and external experts.

National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) III review

Client:   Mzabalazo Advisory Services

Funder:  Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET)

Wits University's Centre for Researching Education & Labour commissioned Pinpoint to undertake research to inform two case studies, as part of a review of NSDS III. These included Research and innovation support, and Programmes targeting youth. Research and interviews were undertaken to evaluate the various research, education and training programmes supported by Sector Education Authorities.

The Eco-Furniture Programme: An evaluative review

Client: Creating Sustainable Value (CSV)
Funder:  The Jobs Fund / National Treasury

Pinpoint formed part of a team, led by Creating Sustainable Value (CSV), to undertake a mid-term evaluative review of the Department of Environmental Affairs' (DEA) Working for Water Eco-Furniture Programme. Pinpoint focused on alien invasive value-add industry opportunities. 

Nedbank Smart Living Guide: 3rd edition update

Client: The Sustainability Institute / Nedbank

As a research associate at the Sustainability Institute, Nicola Jenkin undertook a revision of the 2nd Edition of Nedbank's Smart Living Guide. This included updating facts and researching new content to recognise current smart living considerations, such as single-use plastic alternatives, purchasing of sustainable personal and cleaning products, and food waste.