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Date and time: Thursday 13 October 2016, 9am to 4.30pm
Location: Salamanca Inn, 10 Gladstone Street, Battery Point, Hobart, Tasmania 7004
Presenter: Dr John Owen, University of Melbourne, Centre for Program Evaluation
Register online by: Thursday 6 October 2016 
Fees: Members $440, Non-members $605, Student member $220, Student non-member $302.50

About the workshop
This course is designed for people who undertake, review or sponsor policy evaluation work; or are interested in the nexus between social policy research, development and evaluation. It looks at how evaluation can be strategically used to aid decision-making within the policy process and improve policy outcomes.

Participants will work through two case studies during the day and review various approaches to policy evaluation. They will plan and implement evaluations that are consistent with best practice principles and explore how these can be embedded into their own work practice.

This course is being presented in partnership with the The Training Consortium.

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Who should attend?

  • People working in policy and looking to increase their awareness of policy evaluation methods
  • Anyone with an interest in social policy research or development
  • Experienced practitioners in program and policy evaluation looking to establish a common evaluation practice.

Course content

  • The nature of policy, particularly public policy and the policy cycle
  • The structure of effective policy documentation
  • Factors that affect the planning of policy evaluations
  • Essentials of evaluation designs
  • Applying the principles of best practice evaluation
  • Understanding how the use of findings are affected by the political process.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Creating a common language for policy evaluation
  • Understanding the role of evaluation in the policy process
  • Identifying and using the principles of best practice in policy and program evaluation.

About the presenterOwen J
Dr John M Owen is interested in providing useful evaluation based knowledge to policy and program decision makers. He has led more than 40 evaluative projects over the past two decades, initially as Director of the Centre for Program Evaluation at Melbourne University, and more recently as Director of Program Review Consultants. He has worked in conjunction with a range of clients such as the Asia Education Foundation, and Emergency Management Australia as well as with all levels of government.

He is a regular contributor to journals and at international evaluation conferences in Australia and overseas. His book: Program Evaluation: Forms and Approaches provides an integrated framework to evaluation theory and practice that has had favourable reviews worldwide.

Date and time: 16 September 2013, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
Topic: Evaluating Management and Leadership Development
Presenter: Dr. Elizabeth Shannon,DHHS/UTAS
Venue: DHHS, 4/34 Davey St, Hobart

Overview: The DHHS Management and Leadership Development Program is targeted at middle and front-line managers and aspiring managers. Utilising the framework developed by Roberts, Dutton, Spreitzer, Heaphy and Quinn (2005) on effective leadership, the aim of the Program evaluation is to determine whether DHHS staff experienced increases in their levels of self-efficacy, social support within the workplace and positive orientation towards the job, following participation in the Program.

Results indicate a statistically significant increase in self-esteem and workplace support networks. In addition, 40 per cent of respondents have subsequently been engaged in a more senior position (on a permanent or temporary basis) and 20% have taken up the academic pathway.

Notes: Teleconference available at: Launceston LGH L2 Telehealth Studio; Burnie NWGH Telecare Studio; Latrobe Hospital Studio; Videoconference id 142367.

Start date and time: 30 July 2013, from 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Topic: Developing an Evaluation Framework for a complex multi strategy preventive health intervention- the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health (NPAPH) experience
Presenter: Dr Theresa Doherty, Tasmanian Evaluation Interest Group (TEIG)
Venue: Paul Chandler Room, Level 3, 25 Argyle St, Hobart

The National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health (NPAPH) is a major preventive health initiative, focusing on healthy weight, diet and physical activity. It involves National, State and Territory and Local governments across Australia and has two broad aims:
Lay the foundations for healthy behaviours in the daily lives of Australians through social marketing efforts and the national rollout of programs supporting healthy lifestyles.

Support these programs and the subsequent evolutions of policy with enabling infrastructure for evidence-based policy design and coordinated implementation. As you are here you can check out list of Australian casino sites and best online casino sites from here.
The purpose of the national evaluation is to inform further national preventive health policy development and funding arrangements. It assesses how the various measures have operated as a whole, and the relative strengths and weaknesses of the NPAPH approach.

Dr Doherty will discuss the NPAPH evaluation framework development and related complexities such as:

  • Multiple initiatives funded under the program
  • Different Initiatives are managed by different levels of government -Commonwealth, States and Territories and Local
  • The initiatives have different reporting, funding and timing arrangements
  • Jurisdictions have the capacity to design and deliver programs in ways that suit local needs and complement existing policies and programs; resulting in a diverse range of interventions and approaches to health promotion.

About the Presenter: Dr Theresa Doherty is the Planning and Evaluation Consultant for the Healthy Settings Unit, Population Health, Department of Health and Human Services. She is a member of the National Evaluation Advisory Committee of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency. Her current work focus is on the Tasmanian response to Australian National Partnership on Preventive Health.

Date and time: Friday 3 May 2013, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, followed by a meeting of the Tasmania Evaluation Interest Group & Australasian Evaluation Society Tasmania Branch, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.
Presenter: Susan Garner
Cost: Free
Venue: TasCOSS, McDougall Building, Seminar Room 2, First Floor. (Rear of the Repatriation Hospital site off Davey St, Hobart.) Map:

Note: Online registration is essential. Numbers are limited to 20.

Round Table Discussion - 2pm to 4 pm

Public issues and policy responses are deeply infused with value, ethics and integrity questions. Understanding the limitations of your role is vital for making decisions using rigorous evidence-based approaches. This Round Table session will explore approaches and techniques to align various research methods and techniques to effectively influence and inform policy making. The session will explore:

  • Establishing the purpose for the evaluation
  • Dealing with degrees of uncertainty
  • Leveraging your analytical abilities
  • Communicating your decisions

About the presenter: Susan Garner has a strong public policy and systems' approach to researching and evaluating complex public policy issues and programs. She is particularly interested in the nexus between policy, research and evaluation. She is collaborative and practical in her approach, providing sound advice to decision makers about the design, implementation, and outcomes of their policies and programs.
Susan's career includes consultancy, policy, managerial and research roles. She has worked in the public, private and university sectors with over 25 years of policy and program evaluation experience across a range of government portfolios responsible for health and ageing, welfare, environment, education and social and human services.

Meeting of the TEIG & AES - 4pm - 5pm

In mid-2010, the TEIG was established by three members of the AES Tas. Branch. To date, the AES-managed TEIG has provided professional development in evaluation practice through 16 free, lunchtime seminars and 2 one-day workshops. It is time for us to review how we could improve professional development opportunities in evaluation practice and identify members who could help us continue this important role.
Proposed Agenda:

  1. Who is TEIG and AES?
  2. Where are we at and where to from here?
  3. Future directions for TEIG & AES

Inquiries: Dr. Chris Cooper, Mobile 0400 094 694, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tasmanian Region When: 25 July 2012

Associate Professor Robyn Eversole, Director, Institute for Regional Development, Cradle Coast Campus, University of Tasmania.

Where: Rec Room, Population Health, DHHS, Level 2, 25 Argyle Street, Hobart.

Teleconferencing available in Burnie, Launceston and Devonport.

RSVP: Admission is free.


25 August 2007

Evaluation Forum

The Key note address was delivered by Dr Ray Rist, a Senior Evaluation Officer with the World Bank

Other speakers included:
Kathy Kuryl, Program Manager, Department of Premier and Cabinet
Simon Andrews, Senior Auditor, Tasmanian Audit Office
Geoff Fisher, Assistant Director, Tasmanian Audit Office
Professor Frank Vanclay, Research Fellow, Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research
David O’Brien, Assistant Director, Australian Bureau of Statistics
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11 & 21 August 2008

Workshop: Introduction to Evaluation
Presenter: Dr Paul Chesterton




Friday 11 June

Agenda & goals/objectives

Friday 16 July

Seminar: Measuring the unmeasurable: dealing with complex and complicated evaluations - the presentation focuses on the use of appropriate performance indicators
Presenter: Dr. John Guenther
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Friday 20 August

Seminar: The use of program clarification in program development
Presenter: Dr. Jenny Kerrison
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Friday 17 September

Seminar: Using case-based research methods: Why evaluation is not a choice between qualitative or quantitative methods
Presenter: Dr. Erica Bell
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Friday 29 October

Seminar: Theoretical and practical approach to program logic
Presenters: Helena Mitev and David Treanor
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Thursday 25 November

Seminar: Evaluation that really makes a difference: short-cycle evaluation
Presenter: Bob Dick
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Friday 18 February

Seminar: Evaluating Ethics in Evaluation Practice
Presenter: Professor Jeff Malpas, Professor of Philosophy, University of Tasmania
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Wednesday 20 April Seminar: Maximising Value of Consultants and Evaluations: A Consultant's View on the Project Lifecycle
Presenter: Byron Pakula, Senior Consultant, Roberts Evaluation
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Thursday 23 June Social Return on Inventment Analysis in Evaluation
Presenter: Kiros Hiruy, Senior Consultant for RDS Partners
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Monday 27 June

Workshop: Designing Improved Performance Measurement Systems
Presenter: Craham Smith Cancelled
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Don Thompson, Regional Officer, Australian Government Land and Coasts.

When: Monday 19 March 2012

Time: 12:00 – 13:00

Where: Hobart: MBF building Paul Chandler Room 3/25 Argyle St; (Teleconferencing available in Burnie, Launceston and Devonport, please see registration form for details).

RSVP: Admission is free.

Tasmanian Region By Jerome Winston Director, Program for Public Sector Evaluation International

When: Thursday 24 May 2012

Time: 12:00 – 13:00 hr

Where: Rec Room, Population Health, DHHS, Level 2, 25 Argyle Street, Hobart. (Teleconferencing available in Burnie, Launceston and Devonport, please see registration form for details)

RSVP: Admission is free. Please register using this link as numbers are limited

This is an exciting opportunity to learn about using performance measurement and key performance indicators (KPIs) . Jerome Winston is a Director of the Program for Public Sector Evaluation International and the Centre for Development & Research in Evaluation, International (Australia & Malaysia).  Jerry’s interests include planning and management of monitoring and evaluation, use of systems theory and data analysis in monitoring and evaluation, evaluation of programs by and for indigenous peoples, and the use and misuse of performance measurement systems.

Jerome is also offering 2 workshops in July and August and on-site visits to workplaces. If you are responsible for developing or using a performance measurement and reporting system or are simply interested to learn more about measuring performance and the related issues, this will be extremely useful

For more information, contact Dr. Jenny Kerrison 0418336402/62250083; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tasmanian Region When: 25 June 2012

Associate Professor Robyn Eversole, Director, Institute for Regional Development, Cradle Coast Campus, University of Tasmania.

Where: Rec Room, Population Health, DHHS, Level 2, 25 Argyle Street, Hobart.

Teleconferencing available in Burnie, Launceston and Devonport.

RSVP: Admission is free.