Beverley Barry holds a M.A. Education in Curriculum Evaluation, Planning and Management in the context of National Development (Sussex University, UK), B.A. Speech and Drama (Rhodes University), and an ABET Certificate (UNISA). She is currently embarking on her pre-doctoral research about evaluating the impact of lifelong learning in the Western Cape Province.
She started out as educator in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Gauteng. She worked within the Western Cape Education Department as a community development practitioner, ABET advisor, gender manager and the Culture of Learning Teaching and Services Campaign manager. As one of the shareholders of Manto Management, a monitoring and evaluation consultancy, her work covered all provinces within South Africa and Southern Africa. Projects where she played a key role in a number of projects, including the Education Initiative Project conducted for the United States Department of Labour in Botswana and Lesotho and a National Audit of Reporting Requirements and Monitoring and Evaluation Systems of South African Public Sector. The latter project involved 23 departments nationally and provincially and was done for the Office of the Public Services Commission.
Beverley has done evaluation work for the Nelson Mandela Foundation (developing a Monitoring and Evaluation Learning System with Keystone), Bristol Myers and Squibb (evaluating HIV/AIDS awareness programmes) and Soul City (evaluating youth organisations such as Soul Buddyz).
She has presented papers at various conferences: SAMEA conference (2009), Evaluation Innovations in a complicated programme (SEEDS) working in a complex education environment in the Western Cape, Observatory Pascal, Pecs, Hungary (2007) Reviewed paper: The Learning Cape Festival as a complex system, IDEAS conference Niamey, Niger (2007): The practice of evaluation in non-profit organisations and self-evaluation in developing countries, Evaluation Society and Canadian Evaluation Society (2005): Nelson Mandela Foundation is crossing borders, crossing boundaries to learn and innovate. She has recently attended the conference – AFREA/NONIE (2009) conference on Impact Studies.
She has recently written an accepted proposal to the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on behalf of 10 organisations (4 of which are the universities and 5 are NGOs) which will bring R150m into the Western Cape province over the next four years. She has just completed the monitoring, evaluation and reporting frame for this programme, now called the SEEDs programme, which is established under the University of Stellenbosh.
She is currently the Chief Executive Office of the Learning Cape Initiative, which promotes and popularises lifelong learning within the province. The flagship project is the Learning Cape Festival, which occurs from 9 August to 8 September annually. Her area of excellence is facilitating collaborative partnerships within diverse groups of people with common purpose. For example the SETA Cluster, which co-ordinates all SETAs in the Western Cape province, falls under the auspices of her organisation. She is currently working three projects with the Department of Economic Development and Tourism: Benchmarking and evaluating lifelong learning, developing a provincial Human Resource Development Strategy and setting up the Provincial Skills Development Forum.