Foundational skills for conducting or commissioning evaluations

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This one-day course will give an introduction to key evaluation language, concepts and techniques. With simple guidelines and practical examples, it will provide participants with foundational skills to plan, conduct or commission an evaluation.

This course is designed for staff of government, community-based or other organisations who plan or implement social interventions that need to be monitored to identify success or effectiveness, or those who wish to revisit the basics of evaluation science.  No prior experience of evaluation is assumed.  We will provide resources, templates and learning materials for attendees. It will not be necessary to access specialist software.

Next course: Monday 19 November (1 day)


          $600 (excl. GST) 
          $498 (excl. GST) Early Bird discount (book and pay by 19 October 2018 )
          $480 (excl. GST) Groups (3 or more)
          $450 (excl. GST) Students

Topics covered: 

  • Rationale and principles of evaluation: Types, application and timing
  • Developing the Program Logic and Theory of Change
  • Monitoring and measuring success: Selecting appropriate indicators and identifying data sources
  • Interpreting and effectively communicating evaluation findings

At the end of this short course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand which types of evaluation are possible, and determine when each should be applied
  • Identify ethical issues that may impact the evaluation process
  • Document a Program Logic and articulate a Theory of Change
  • Identify appropriate indicators for a program evaluation and understand the different utilities of quantitative and qualitative data
  • Determine which analytical approaches may be appropriate for an evaluation
  • Identify appropriate modalities for sharing evaluation results with different stakeholders


Presenter: Dr Caroline Salom is an experienced researcher with knowledge and expertise in the field of Dr Caroline Salomsubstance use and mental health and their impact on youth and families, as well as a strong background in evaluation and training design and delivery.  In addition to Caroline’s academic achievements, she has worked in frontline service delivery management, including designing and evaluating services, and developing extensive networks across service provision, statutory authority and government sectors. She has extensive expertise in designing, developing, and delivering training to government personnel and other professionals.

Most recently, Caroline led the delivery of the Evaluation Capability Program 2017-18 for the Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet, generating positive feedback from government stakeholders about the professional quality of the training and its ability to improve their knowledge and confidence (Interim Report for the Evaluation Capability Program 2017-18).

Caroline has also managed project delivery for research and evaluation activities including projects for the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Brisbane South Primary Health Network (current), the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, and the Queensland Mental Health Commission.

Course dates: Monday 19 November (1 day)

Course location: Institute for Social Science Research, Cycad Building, 80 Meiers Road, Indooroopilly

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