Blog10th January, 2017
This blog post was originally posted on the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) blog. It has been republished with ANZSOG's permission. You can find the BetterEvaluation resource page for the article discussed here.
EventWorkshop22nd March, 2017 to 23rd March, 2017AustraliaPaid
ANZSOG's Dr George Argyrous and Professor Patricia Rogers (Director of BetterEvaluation) will help participants understand the conceptual and practical issues involved in evaluating public sector policies and programs, and evaluation’s role as a key tool for decision-makers. Robust and timely evaluations can be challenging to get right. Participants will learn to focus evaluation studies according to specific criteria such as purpose and stakeholder needs. Participants will understand how to apply program logic, how to set standards for evaluations to then assess the quality of evaluation reports. This program will be valuable for people in policy, program and service delivery roles who plan and conduct evaluations, assess the quality of evaluation reports, and manage others who conduct evaluation studies.
EventCourse22nd May, 2018 to 23rd May, 2018AustraliaPaid
Spending decisions can be made for political reasons, but rigorous cost-benefit analysis ensures that ministers make decisions with their eyes wide open. ANU Crawford School’s Dr. Leo Dobes will help participants understand theory and practice. “Many agencies lack the expertise to carry out a cost-benefit analysis or even commission one,” Dr. Dobes says. “This is leading to ineffective policy and white elephant infrastructure.”
The John L. Alford Case Library is an internationally recognised library of public sector cases and a unique resource centre for the advancement of interactive teaching. It brings together carefully constructed ‘stories’ about public sector challenges, dilemmas, successes and failures. Created in 2004 to remedy the lack of public sector teaching cases relevant to Australia and New Zealand, the library is now the third-largest collection of public policy and management cases in the world, with nearly 200 cases covering a wide range of topics from all levels of government.
ANZSOG's peer-reviewed journal, Evidence Base, publishes reviews of the evidence informing decision-making in specific policy areas. The focus of these reviews is to determine ‘what works?’, based on the evidence. This journal was designed for public sector decision-makers and aims to be a ‘broker’ between the public sector, academics and other policy specialists.
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Communicate for impact and influence will help participants develop confidence and skills to tell a compelling evidence-based narrative with the power to influence change in all aspects of working life. This interactive two-day workshop is being led by communications expert Dr Zina O’Leary and executive voice coach and award-winning actor Debra Lawrance. Together, they will teach you how to craft engaging, influential messages and deliver them clearly, confidently and with presence to ensure you are heard.
EventWorkshop14th May, 2019 to 15th May, 2019AustraliaPaid
Over two days, experienced evaluator Professor Patricia Rogers and Associate Professor Greet Peersman will help participants understand the conceptual and practical issues involved in evaluating public sector policies and programs, and evaluation’s role as a key tool for decision-makers.