Program Evaluation & Assurance

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

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.

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

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.

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

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!

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

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.

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

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.

The Grosvenor Governance Model

The Grosvenor Governance Model

The Grosvenor Governance Model is the best practice 2-part model that has been developed over the course of many governance assignments. The principles that support this model come from the Australian National Audit Office and the Australian Public Service Commission. This model is completely scalable; from team or project level to organisation level, to complex inter-jurisdictional arrangements.

Preparation is key to communicating in a crisis

Preparation is key to communicating in a crisis

As the world faces a crisis the likes of which we’ve never had to encounter on this scale, we are reminded yet again of the importance of good communication at times like these.

Predictive policy: the new frontier in government

Predictive policy: the new frontier in government

It is a reality that businesses are increasingly using predictive analytics to achieve their outcomes – in marketing, pricing strategies and improving operations. Likewise, governments are also turning to data and AI to develop more timely, targeted and relevant policy for citizens. The increase in data-driven decision making and predictive analytics is palpable.

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

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!).

Four building blocks for a people-centric government

Four building blocks for a people-centric government

Program managers know that focussing on customers and effective stakeholder engagement are key to great policy and program delivery. But there are often organisational barriers to implementing effective participatory processes.

The highs and lows of program management – it’s a rollercoaster!

The highs and lows of program management – it’s a rollercoaster!

Unless you’re exceptionally lucky, you’ve probably realised that life sometimes doesn’t go to plan. The same is true of Program Management – no matter how well you plan you’re likely to experience both highs and lows along the way.

Where are you in the program lifecycle?

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.

Are you prepared for the workforce of the future?

Are you prepared for the workforce of the future?

“Tracking, monitoring and managing the skills and capabilities of the workforce can be problematic, especially with a view to positioning the workforce for the nature and types of future work.”Do any of the five statements below sound familiar in your agency? If so, you are not alone. Most government agencies are grappling with these exact problems when trying to address the future of work.

What is program evaluation?

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?

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

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.

DIY Program Evaluation Kit

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

The key to effective stakeholder engagement

The key to effective stakeholder engagement

Every day, organisations communicate with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders in every aspect of their operations. However, when analysing our clients’ stakeholder engagement approaches, it becomes evident that efforts to engage with stakeholders often occur in an ad-hoc and rather visceral manner.

Types of program evaluation

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!)

Tools for planning program evaluation: Evaluation Framework

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.

Program logic templates

Program logic templates

A program logic is simply a graphical portrayal of your theory that is succinct and easy to understand. Your program logic can take the form of words, diagrams, tables, or a combination of all three. Program logics are often (but not always) captured in one page, and are typically divided into inputs, outputs and outcomes.

Organisational evaluation plan template

Organisational evaluation plan template

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

Monitoring and evaluation framework template

Monitoring and evaluation framework template

Use this template to quick start the development of your M&E framework.

How to design evaluation questionnaires to gather meaningful data

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.

Tool for clarifying outcomes and determining data requirements

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.

Planning a program evaluation: A practical checklist

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.

No data, no problem

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.

Evaluation data collection matrix

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 Theory and Program Logic: Articulating how your program works

Program Theory and Program Logic: Articulating how your program works

Have you ever noticed how hard it can be to articulate to others exactly what your program is for, and how it works? And how hard it can sometimes be to get internal buy-in and support as a result? In this blog, we show you how to develop a watertight program theory and program logic.

How is your program going… really? Performance monitoring

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.

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

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.

9 ways to assess your program’s performance

9 ways to assess your program’s performance

If you're a program manager for a government entity, you may be spending a lot of your time trying to figure out how to assess your program’s performance in accordance with your organisation’s governance, performance and accountability rules or guidelines.

6 reasons why evaluation is a great opportunity for program managers

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

Managing performance of intangible policy objectives

Managing performance of intangible policy objectives

Many policy interventions are difficult to measure in terms of their impact on for example, the health of society, social cohesion, industry growth or change in community behaviour to name just a few.

What you need to know when designing a new program

What you need to know when designing a new program

If you have been tasked with designing a new program, there are probably a million thoughts and details running through your head. You’re also likely to have competing priorities… it could be that:

Just taken over an existing program? Five quick wins you need right now.

Just taken over an existing program? Five quick wins you need right now.

Ready to get started with your new program? Use this simple checklist to identify quick wins you can implement right away.

New to program management? Things you need to know

New to program management? Things you need to know

This is an exciting step in your career, and one where you will have great influence over your program. With that influence comes a need to get up to speed quickly, so you can use your time effectively, and make your mark on the program.