Evaluation for a robust evidence-base for policy and programs
Two-day workshop combining policy management with evaluation expertise
— delivered by Nonie Malone and Marion Norton. Interactive, hands-on learning suitable for practitioners at all levels
- Understand the role of evaluation in delivering efficient & effective outcomes for government
- Know how to plan for and deliver quality evaluation that is fit for purpose and audience
- Know how to influence the authorising environment to ensure quality evaluations can occur
- Understand and know how to select and use evaluation methodologies
- Develop capability in commissioning and managing evaluations
- Gain and refine program logic skills
- Know how to develop the evidence-base from policy idea to post-program implementation
- Become familiar with the best information available to support your evaluation responsibilities and practice.
Day One - Fundamental Evaluation Skills:
Role of evaluation in policy decision-making
- What is policy - where does it come from?
- From policy to program – governments and non-government organisations.
- What determines failure vs success in policy and programs?
- What is evaluation?
- What do we evaluate and why?
- Role of the policy officer in evaluation
Evaluation skills for policy and programs
- Applying program theory to uncover what works
- Building outcome chains
- Using program logic as a formative policy analytical tool
Basic evaluation tools
- Creating an evaluation framework
- to specify what, how and when
- to evaluate
- Identifying objectives, high-level evaluation questions, what to measure and sources of evidence
Scoping evaluation questions and data instruments
- Understanding the purpose of the evaluation
- Identifying perspectives of internal and external stakeholders to inform design and scope
- Involving internal and external stakeholders in evaluation processes
- Identifying and designing data instruments (incl. surveys, interviews, audits)
- Revealing unintended consequences
Day Two - Applied Evaluation Skills For Policy & Programs
Evaluation design – choosing methodologies
- Designing at the beginning of the policy cycle
- Choosing time and place for different methods
- Applying techniques for formative and summative evaluation
- Demystifying evaluation terms
- Designing at the end of the policy cycle
Evaluation planning, commissioning and governance
- Integrating phases of evaluation with policy development and implementation
- Managing meaningful evaluation with resource constraints
- Incorporating ethical and culturally-appropriate practices
- Securing authority and commitment for conduct and use of evaluation that fulfills its purpose
Building credibility through robust analysis and reporting
- Making sense of evaluation data
- Using sound research practices
- Determining cause and effect, and challenging assumptions
- Answering evaluation questions
- Reporting findings to various audiences
- Setting and meeting evaluation requirements for service providers
- Developing competencies and skill building
- Discuss Queensland Program Evaluation guidelines and other practical guidance
Feedback from previous workshop:
“I feel I a much more capable of influencing evaluation to occur in my organisation as well as shaping it to be ‘fit for purpose’ :)”
Free copy of The Australian Policy Handbook
This authoritative guide to the practice and process of public policy in Australia combines sound analysis and practical know-how in a handbook of great value to students, teachers and practitioners.
Professor Allan Fels, AO. Dean, Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG).
Download the PDF Brochure for full course details.
2 Day Workshop $1,970