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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...

The Power of Evaluation Research

Evaluation research is applied research (solving practical problems) which offers different outcomes to pure research (proving scientific theories). Evaluation research is especially important at times of renewed funding or investment to answer questions such as: where are our resources best placed for maximum benefit to our clients? Evaluation research at its very heart is based on an action research cycle that includes five elements: define the issue, observe and collect data; plan program or intervention; act or intervene; analyse and reflect on the action or intervention; and report the findings. This type of evaluation research then offers decision makers with the opportunity to refine their program to improve the experience and outcomes for their clients in the second and subsequent cycles of delivery. Evaluation research is also...

Evaluation as a research method for social change – why do it?

When the United Nations nominated 2015 as the International Year of Evaluation there were celebrations held around the world among evaluators who may be considered a specialist group who are focused on social change. The aim of designating 2015 as the International Year of Evaluation was to advocate for, and promote, evaluation and evidence-based policy making at international, regional, national and local levels. Why is evaluation becoming more important in the non-profit sector in Australia? In addition to the International Year of Evaluation’s call to arms, there are some local triggers for change in our environment. You may remember the 2010 Australian Productivity Commission’s report identified that the level of understanding among the wider community of the sector's role and contribution was poor and deserved attention, a...

The Evaluators’ Writing Retreat

This three (3) day retreat is for evaluators who would like to build their publication profile. You will have the opportunity to explore different forms of writing, develop a concept into an abstract and build it into a draft publication. Of our 101 tools you will be introduced to the following 10 tools: Tool # 64 Different forms of writing - abstract Tool # 23 Writing for whom? Tool # 47 How to review a journal article Tool # 61 How to write a book review (pairs) Tool # 79 Creating the core concept for a journal article Tool # 10 Judicious usage of key words Tool # 19 The art of designing a journal article title Tool # 100 How to write an abstract Tool # 97 How to write a journal article Tool...

Design an evaluation for an outcomes-based policy

This workshop is for leaders who are interested in understanding the impact of their policy. You will have the opportunity to analyse and review the purpose and performance of your policy using impact evaluation and design. Of our 101 tools you will be introduced to the following 10 tools: Tool # 63 The four-quadrant quality model Tool # 21 Strategy as policy Tool # 42 Bringing context from background to foreground Tool # 95 Data collection methods Tool #69 World cafe Tool # 28 Typology of qualitative tools Tool # 50 Theory of change Tool # 48 Program logic framework Tool # 34 Different approaches to evaluation Tool # 83 External evaluation design (to include costing and timeline) Through the use of practice scenarios, instructions and tools, you will be able to identify and address concerns...

Design, Research and Evaluate client-centric social programs

This workshop is about designing social programs centred on your client’s needs and feedback. You will be introduced to models and tools that help you create a design, research and evaluation environment to help yourself and others achieve results. Of our 101 strategic tools you will be introduced to the following 10 tools: Tool # 63 The four-quadrant quality model Tool # 17 Decision tree analysis Tool # 42 Bringing context from back ground to foreground Tool # 88 The Cynefin Framework Tool # 58 Charette brainstorming procedure Tool # 36 Education design for grants or programs Tool # 21 Strategy as policy Tool # 48 Logic model for program evaluation Tool # 55 Evaluation framework design Tool # 02 Action plan You will have opportunities to apply design and evaluative thinking to prepare your social...

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