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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...

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