Develop skills to conduct and commission evaluations

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This one-day introduction to Program Evaluation introduces key evaluation concepts and techniques. It provides participants with the foundational skills to plan or commission an evaluation.

Topics covered

  • Key evaluation language, concepts and techniques
  • Rationale and principles of evaluation, including the types of evaluation, 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

Learning objectives

  • 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
  • Understand the value of quantitative and qualitative data
  • Determine appropriate analytical approaches
  • Identify appropriate modes for sharing evaluation results with different stakeholders

Who is this course for

People working in government, community-based and other organisations who plan or implement social interventions, and who need to monitor and assess their effectiveness or success, and people wanting to refresh their evaluation science knowledge.

Course dates

For Custom and Group courses (10 participants or more) - Email us to discuss

Fees (incl. GST)

$548 - Early Bird discount (book and pay one month out)
$660 - After Early Bird discount expires
$528 - Groups (3 or more, price per person)
$460 - UQ Students
$495 - Students (other than UQ)
(Fees include course materials, evaluation templates and full-day catering)

By registering to attend this course you are agreeing to our terms and conditions.


Dr Caroline SalomDr Caroline Salom is an experienced evaluator, senior research fellow and research group leader with a strong background in training design and delivery. Her research focus is substance use and mental health and their impacts on youth and families. She has also worked in frontline service delivery management - designing and evaluating services, working alongside service providers, statutory authorities and government departments. As well as conducting evaluations, Caroline led the delivery of the Evaluation Capability Program 2017-18 for the Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet, generating very positive feedback from government stakeholders about the quality of the training and its impact.

Dr Joemer MaravillaDr Joemer Maravilla focuses on implementing pragmatic designs in evaluation. He has an extensive experience in evaluating sexual reproductive health  programs and mental health initiatives in micro and macro schemes. He has worked with government departments and non-for-profit organisations such as Brisbane South Primary Health Network, World Health Organisation and USAID. 


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