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Is the Victorian public sector evaluation ready?

The Commonwealth government increased its focus on program evaluation through the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act in 2013. The NSW government has just increased its focus on program evaluation through its outcome budgeting reforms this year. These changes have been made in recognition of the value of program evaluation at getting to the heart of whether a program or...

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Topics: Program Evaluation

9 tried and tested 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 (eg NSW Government's Outcome Budgeting, or PGPA Act 2013).

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Topics: Organisational Improvement, Program Evaluation

6 reasons why evaluation is a great opportunity for program managers

Government rules and guidelines for the effective governance, performance and accountability of programs expands the required performance information beyond the financial. Broader qualitative and quantitative performance information, evaluation and reporting is also expected and encouraged.

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Topics: Program Evaluation

Quiz: Are you evaluation ready?

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Topics: Program Evaluation, PGPA Act

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

The Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) has changed the Commonwealth's focus from financial performance to qualitative evaluation - as has the Victorian Government's Investment Management Standard and the NSW Government's program evaluation circular. It’s not just about how you’ve spent the money but how the program has performed as a whole.

Although daunting...

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Topics: Program Evaluation, PGPA Act

Why high quality performance information needs to be an ongoing priority

With less than three months to go until the first program performance statements are due under the PGPA Act, pressure is increasing for program managers to collate and analyse their program data. The sense of urgency to gather quality information is intensified by comments from the Auditor-General, Grant Hehir, who recently stated that “inadequate information about their projects, programs and...

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Topics: Program Evaluation, PGPA Act

Managing performance of intangible policy objectives

When governments develop new policies and implement programs to deliver on those policies, there is much to consider in terms of achieving good governance. There is often considerable effort put into delivery planning, compliance and even risk management, but typically managing performance of a program in terms of delivering on the policy objectives is given scant attention.

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Topics: Organisational Improvement, Program Evaluation

How to design evaluation questionnaires to gather meaningful data

Your guide to designing program evaluation questionnaires

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Program Evaluation: a Plain English Guide

As program managers, we all know the importance of program evaluation to the successful governance and performance of our programs, not just so we can understand whether our program has achieved its objectives, but so we also know what’s working, and what isn’t.

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

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

The dark art of program evaluation

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.

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Topics: Program Evaluation

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