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Quality Assessment Matrix

A collaborative program review through the lens of assessment: Quality Assessment Matrix Based on the Quality Achievement Matrix (2000), I have adapted the original design for higher education. The Quality Assessment Matrix: A Collaborative Evaluation Using Multiple Lines of Evidence(2008) offers academics a systematic and system approach to review their assessment practice. This matrix is designed for any teacher who is preparing for employment, promotion or performance processes. This Matrix offers an opportunity for academics to unpack their assessment practice and step into evidence-based assessment review in a structured way. An added benefit is that the Quality Assessment Matrix will identify gaps in your practice as you map the evidence against seven domains: Leadership and innovation Strategy & planning processes Data analysis & information Assessors Students ...

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Get a Strategic Plan in 5 steps

Conduct a Stakeholder Analysis to determine who are your stakeholders, what are their interests, how they interact with your organisation and consider their ability to provide feedback on your plan. Review your Organisation’s Objects to investigate their relevance to current business streams. Invest time to do a SWOT Analysis to know where you stand in relation to funding streams, competitors, changes in legislative environments. Run a brainstorm ideas and innovation session with your Board to generate new and different ways of thinking. Think highly level, be strategic. Test your draft Strategic Plan with Stakeholders so that your message resonates. ...

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What is a Project?

A Project is usually a linear activity to occurs once with is a beginning, a middle and an end. A Project may have objectives or terms of reference that require specific deliverables. There is a project management body of knowledge which established a number of ways in which projects are managed. In essence, a Project may have phased implementation, however, it does not usually have repeated implementation of the full project. There are specific evaluation tools designed determine the success of a Project....

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Evaluation research

Evaluation research – Theory of Change model as a concept to document behavioural change When addressing social disadvantage there are many communities, families and participants who are unable to locate, access or participate in social services. For example, a young single mother may have low confidence and out-of-date skills when trying to re-enter the workforce. When designing social services it is important to think about how the service will be received by participants, who is the target audience and what are the behavioural changes you expect to assist your clients. Evaluators use aTheory of Change model as a concept to document behavioural change. In 2017 I was lecturing at Queensland University of Technology into the Master of Business (Philanthropy and Non-profit Studies) program. I designed the unit...

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A systemic & systematic review of your teaching

A systemic and systematic review of your teaching: Teacher Evidence Matrix Based on the Quality Achievement Matrix (2000), I have adapted the original design for higher education. TheTeacher Evidence Matrix: an evaluation using multiple lines of evidence(2008) offers teachers a systematic and system approach to review their teaching practice. This matrix is designed for any teacher who is preparing for employment, promotion or performance processes. All teachers and educators have a wealth of information about their teaching, sort of like the box of stuff tucked under the bed. This Matrix offers an opportunity for academics to unpack their teaching practice and step into evidence-based teaching review in a structured way. An added benefit is that the Teacher Evidence Matrix will identify gaps in your practice as you...

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Have you ever had any trouble supervising staff?

Help is Here! I have used this framework to develop a team ethos on how we will work together as a team. Here is a fantastic article that I have read that has an individual work performance framework that is inspirational. Koopmans et al have systematically reviewed the literature and their framework is very pragmatic. The Heuristic Framework for Individual Work Performance identified four domains: Task Performance, Contextual Performance, Adaptive Performance and Counterproductive Work Behaviour. Koopmans, L., Bernaards, C. M., Hildebrandt, V. H., Schaufeli, W. B., de Vet Henrica, C. W., & van der Beek, A. J. (2011). Conceptual frameworks of individual work performance: a systematic review. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, 53(8), 856-866. Objective: Individual work performance is differently conceptualised and operationalised in different disciplines. The aim of the...

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A collaborative program review through the lens of curriculum

A collaborative program review through the lens of curriculum: Course Evidence Matrix Based on the Quality Achievement Matrix (2000), I have adapted the original design for higher education. TheCourse evidence matrix: a collaborative evaluation using multiple lines of evidence (2007) offers academics a systematic and system approach to review their curriculum. This matrix is designed for any a team of academics preparing for curriculum review. This Matrix offers an opportunity for academics to unpack the curriculum and step into evidence-based curriculum review in a structured way. An added benefit is that the Course Evidence Matrix will identify gaps in your practice as you map the evidence against seven domains: Leadership and innovation Strategy & planning processes Data, information & analysis Stakeholders Students & market focus Processes, procedures &...

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Strategy, Tactical & Operational

Call out to all non-profit organisations! Are you very clear about your Strategy, Tactical and Operational activities? You may need some external help to foster open and transparent conversations. Here are my definitions that help me unpack and understand these concepts. A knowledge broker is able to bring together disparate stakeholders and facilitate a conversation that leads to a knowledge exchange and the creation of new knowledge. Alongside excellent facilitation skills, a knowledge broker needs to have a keen understanding of the difference between Strategy, Tactical and Operational. Strategy sits at the heart of an organisation and for a non-profit organisation in Australia it is documented within its objects, vision and mission statements. This is the domain of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Tactical is the services...

How to commission an evaluation

As the former Chief Evaluator for the Commonwealth Department of Social Services, I quickly developed extensive experience as the commissioner of 25 external evaluations and chair of the assessment panels. Here is a series of questions that will help you to clarify the purpose of commissioning an external evaluation? 1. What is the program (or suite of programs) under review? Are the program purpose, objectives and available datasets known and documented Is all program documentation (including previous evaluations) available? 2. Is the program ongoing or terminating? If the program is ongoing what are the funding and reporting timeframes that will guide the timeframe for the evaluation? If the program is terminating this means decisions have already been made and I would ask the question “what benefit will...

Evaluation & Terminology

Evaluation and terminology – are we speaking the same language! When you start to think about evaluation and how to evaluate a program or service, it starts with a conversation. As an experienced evaluator and author, I am well aware that the language and terminology we use can be confusing. When I first started at Queensland University of Technology we were having a data conversation and I was able to count four different meanings for attrition. For example, from the Australian government’s perspective attrition in higher education is calculated after the census data (the point in which the student enrols and pays for the unit of study). For the students enrolled at a university last year at census date, compare this list to those enrolled at census...

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