Our Program Evaluation capabilities include:

Program planning, design and management

Monitoring and evaluation frameworks

Performance monitoring and reporting

Program evaluation design and delivery

Evaluation capability development, mentoring and coaching

Evaluation Maturity Assessment using Grosvenor's Evaluation Maturity Model

Case Studies

Evaluation of 7 programs all lapsing at the same time

Grosvenor was engaged to conduct the evaluation of all seven programs and bring efficiencies as the one evaluation provider conducting all seven evaluations.

MER Framework set up for regulator’s five year strategy

Grosvenor was engaged by a Victorian Government regulator to develop a MER Framework for the regulator’s five-year strategy.

Mid-term evaluation for a resilience funding plan

Grosvenor was engaged to undertake the mid-term evaluation of the Plan, focusing on assessing the extent to which the Plan’s rationale remained relevant, and the progress in the delivery of programs.

Multiple evaluation delivery. No problem for Grosvenor’s evaluation team!

Our client engaged us to evaluate three separate but interlinked programs, all funding grants designed to assist organisations in acquiring the new technology and enabling infrastructure.

Improving primary health care through evaluation

Grosvenor was engaged to conduct extensive primary care service capacity mapping and a needs assessment for the five LGAs in Northern Melbourne Medicare Local (NMML).

Strengthening stakeholder relationships through monitoring and evaluation

A Commonwealth Department engaged Grosvenor to develop an evaluation framework, including data collection tools, for a nationwide-initiative across a number of industry sectors.

Insights & Resources

DIY Program Evaluation Kit

This kit was produced to give Program Managers an easy to read and understand guide. We explain the principles while walking you through an example program that demonstrates how to apply the techniques in practice

Evaluation Capacity and Culture

Building evaluation culture is all about shaping the way an organisation thinks and talks about evaluation as a key component to improvement and innovation. Our evaluation maturity model has 10 segments we believe each organization needs to focus on to uplift overall evaluation capability and maturity.  The model can be used as a guide in identifying the priority areas to focus on in building evaluation culture and maturity.

Monitoring and evaluation: Step by Step Guide

Use this guide to kick start the development of your M&E framework.

What is program evaluation?

But for many of us, the art of program evaluation can seem a bit of a mystery. What is it and what is it for? More importantly, how do I do it well?

Checklist for Evaluation Planning

The Evaluation Planning Checklist serves as a practical tool that summarises and organises the various aspects that should be considered when establishing a sound and structured program evaluation.

Template for Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

An easy to use, interactive, fill it in as you go, template to help you develop your M&E Framework.

Where are you in the program lifecycle?

Being asked to manage a new, or existing, program can seem overwhelming. To help you navigate the world of program management, Grosvenor Public Sector Advisory has developed a series of articles to break down the key activities and tasks you can implement to make your life easier.

Types of program evaluation

Program evaluation can be confusing. Not only are there different types of program evaluation, but different people use different terms to mean different things – or the same thing! (As if there wasn’t enough confusion already!)

How to put evaluation results into action: Prioritise for maximum impact 

The way evaluators develop, test and present recommendations has a huge impact on how improvements will finally manifest (if at all). Good recommendations and improvement opportunities identified during an evaluation are those that can be put into action. To maximise the impact and value of each evaluation, it is critical that program managers aren’t left asking ‘what next’ once the final report is delivered.

Planning in the new program management environment

Six tips to help you adapt to the new program management environment

Regardless of whether you’ve just inherited a program, established something new or are trying to work out where your program fits in this new environment, we’re here to help you break it down.

How is your program going… really? Performance monitoring

Monitoring and managing the performance of a program is an integral part of program management. This blog helps you identify the factors you need to consider when developing a performance management framework.

What should my sample size be?

It is very easy to say you need to ‘collect data from a sample’, but what does this really mean? How many people should you be engaging with to collect something meaningful? Question no more! We’ve put together some quick and easy ‘rules of engagement’ to help you understand what your sample size needs to be.

No data, no problem

In the ideal evaluation world, an evaluation occurs in the context of a beautifully planned and executed monitoring and evaluation framework. You have time and resources and oodles of beautiful, relevant, high quality data to inform your evaluation…… But who lives in this ideal world?  Oftentimes, you are notified late of the requirement, there’s a tight budget and timeframe, and for the final kicker…. you have no data.

Rethinking how to apply M&E frameworks

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks are often seen as tools for assessing the success of specific programs or projects. But what if we told you that M&E could be used to transform your entire organisation and achieve your goals on a much larger scale? 

What is negative program theory and why should you use it?

Most people developing their program logics and program theory focus almost exclusively on how the targeted outcomes can be achieved.

Making the tough decisions about your program – nobody likes a dilemma!

How will decisions get made? Who is ultimately responsible? There’s a lot to think about. Fortunately, there are multiple things you can do to simplify and bring clarity to this process, ensuring that your decision making is both efficient and effective (it’s a win-win!).

How to put evaluation results into action: Plan and communicate for maximum impact

Improvement opportunities are only useful if you know what to do with them – both evaluators and program managers must have clarity around how each recommendation and improvement can, or should, be implemented.

DIY M&E: A step-by-step monitoring and evaluation framework guide

An integral part of understanding how well your program has performed is having a monitoring and evaluation framework (M&E framework) and applying it to the specific context of your program.

Driving evaluative culture: ​Grosvenor’s evaluation capability model​

Grosvenor has developed a capability framework that can be used to review and assess the evaluative culture of any organisation, learn how you can benefit using our capability model by downloading our guide.

Communicating your program evaluation findings effectively

The usual report-writing mantra of keeping the audience in mind applies equally to program evaluation reports. The problem is that the intended audience for program evaluation reports is often very wide.

Organisational evaluation plan template

This template is intended to capture the evaluation requirements across an organisation each year or over a period of years.

How to design evaluation questionnaires to gather meaningful data

Poorly designed Program Evaluation questionnaires can lead to wasted time and erode stakeholder confidence. Worse, they can result in faulty data, which can lead to flawed decision-making and have serious impacts on the outcome of a program. This guide will help you appraise your evaluation questionnaires and ensure you’re collecting the right data to truly measure the success of your program.

Tools for planning program evaluation: Evaluation Framework

One of the most important tools you will come across in program evaluation is an evaluation plan. Put simply, an evaluation plan is the step-by-step project plan for a specific evaluation project.

Tool for clarifying outcomes and determining data requirements

This tool is intended for: ‘unpacking’ program objectives or outcomes and determining the data requirements for monitoring and evaluation of the program against its outcomes. The tool can be used to focus on just one, or both, of the aims described above.

Evaluation data collection matrix

Use this data collection matrix to capture your data collection requirements for your next evaluation. You can use this template as a stand-alone tool or as part of an evaluation plan.

Program evaluation: How to bridge the gap between theory and practice

Program evaluation can be daunting for program managers approaching it for the first time. Rather than being given clear guidance on the how-to’s of program evaluation, newcomers are often expected to deduce program evaluation techniques from dry academic texts hidden behind a wall of baffling jargon.

6 reasons why evaluation is a great opportunity for program managers

While program evaluation might seem a little scary, it actually presents a raft of exciting opportunities for program managers to showcase the successes of their programs and ensure that their teams are performing to its full potential

Planning a program evaluation: A practical checklist

The checklist contained in this paper serves as a practical tool that summarises and organises the various aspects that should be considered when establishing a sound and structured program evaluation.

10 excuses not to evaluate your program

Announcing an evaluation requirement generates two kinds of responses: enthusiastic, embracing the opportunity to recognise achievements or resistant and full of excuses

Tools for planning program evaluation: Evaluation Plan

Breaking bad news

By their nature, program evaluations seek to determine if a program is working. Which means that, in reality, the answers are not always going to be positive.

Making the most of your community voice

It is no secret that social programs are all about the community – whether designing, delivering or evaluating a program we’re all working to improve the lives of, or outcomes for, populations in a particular area or sector. In recognition of this, it is critical that the views of program stakeholders are captured at all stages of the program lifecycle.

How to put evaluation results into action: Encourage the use of findings beyond the final report

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking the evaluators’ job is over once the final report is submitted. In terms of the adoption of improvement opportunities and application of findings, this is basically akin to an evaluator saying “Over to you now! Good luck!”.  The evaluator’s job is not over once the final report is submitted!

DIY Program Evaluation Kit

DIY Program Evaluation Kit

In "Plain English"

Not sure how to monitor your program’s performance?

Don’t know where to start to judge whether your program is on track?

A monitoring and evaluation framework is an integral part of understanding how well your program is performing.

It helps you set out and record the activities you need to complete to assess your program’s performance over time to assess whether your program is on the right track.

We created this M&E framework guide to help you build your own. The guide gives you the right structure and useful explanation of what is typically required in each section

Download our comprehensive guide to build an M&E framework for your own program today.