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ImprovingEvaluation

Date and time: Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 February 2017, 9am to 5pm (registration from 8.30am)
Location: Novotel Canberra, 65 Northbourne Ave, Canberra
Presenter: David Roberts
Register online by: Monday 13th February 2017
Fees (GST inclusive): Members $770, Non-members $935, Student member $385, Student non-member $550

Reporting for accountability is a key object of the PGPA Act 2013 and the enhanced Commonwealth Performance Framework. The Department of Finance Resource Management Guide No. 131, Developing good performance information (RMG.131) argues that Government entities should be able to tell a cohesive performance story using a mix of quantitative and qualitative information. RMG.131 defines qualitative information as

Information that emphasises narrative rather than numbers. Qualitative inquiry involves capturing and interpreting the characteristics of something to reveal its larger meaning. This can involve tapping into experiences of stakeholders through observations, interviews, focus groups and analysis of documents (pp.50)

When done well, qualitative inquiry provides rich data that allow managers to develop a compelling and descriptive story about the strengths and weaknesses of projects, programs and initiatives.

Purpose of Workshop

The aim of the workshop is to support the implementation of the enhanced Commonwealth Performance Framework through an appreciation of the value of qualitative inquiry for evaluation and accountability reporting and the distinctive nature of the insights it reveals.

Workshop participants will gain a good understanding of the planning and preparation required to:

  • use qualitative inquiry in policy and reporting cycles
  • assess the quality of qualitative research
  • use a range of qualitative data collection and analysis methods, including in-depth interviews, direct observation and written documents.

Participants will develop a conceptual model for the use of qualitative inquiry across the policy cycle; and gain basic skills in several key qualitative techniques through hands-on exercises.

Learning strategiesDRoberts

The approach is based on adult learning principles and experiential learning. There will be some presentations but most of the workshop will engage participants in exercises and discussion. In most of the exercises, some participants (in rotation) will act as observers and lead the debriefing session after each exercise.

Who should attend

This workshop is aimed at performance managers, programme managers and other officers responsible for program evaluation and reporting on the performance of programmes or other activities. It caters for beginner to intermediate level, whether you are commissioning or coordinating an evaluation or performance report for the first time or are seeking further technical information about using qualitative inquiry to prepare a performance story.

About the Facilitator

With over 30 years’ experience in government, David Roberts is now a self-employed consultant with wide experience in using qualitative and quantitative methods. He is the immediate past-President of the AES and was Chair of the AES Awards Committee for three years. David has training in Anthropology, Evaluation and Community Development. He has conducted workshops in areas such as Qualitative Methods, Evaluation Design, Elicitation Techniques, Participatory Research and Program Theory.




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