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Evaluation for a robust evidence-base for policy and programs

BRISBANE - 21–22 NOVEMBER (BOOK NOW - EARLY BIRD)

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

Topics Covered:
  • 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.

Course Overview

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

Open session

  • 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:

 

“Program logic will be very useful. Framework for reporting will be a great guide and checklist for strategy reevaluation activities.”
“Thank you very much for delivering a great workshop on evaluation.”

 “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.

 


Costs:  

2 Day Workshop $1,970

Register by 31 August and save $200.

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