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Outcomes focused program evaluation

This two-day workshop will provide you with applied knowledge and skills to develop evaluation plans for a variety of purposes within their work.

About this course

Evaluation provides an opportunity for critical, strategic thinking through collecting and analysing information about a program's activities, characteristics and outcomes to understand its effectiveness, and improve and inform future program delivery.

Course structure

The workshop is highly participative and interactive with participants applying learning real-world programs. Participants apply evaluative practice and thinking to articulate program outcomes and to develop these into a program logic. 

Participants will determine the appropriate evaluative approach for the purpose of tracking progress, making judgements and decisions, building understanding, improving effectiveness and using evidence in program design and reporting. 


Learning outcomes

Topics covered in the seminar include:

  • Introduction to evaluation and evaluative thinking
  • Defining outcomes
  • Program logic
  • Formulating Key Evaluation Questions
  • Evaluation Design
  • Options in data collection and analysis


COVID-19 Information

UTS is undertaking a number of social distancing initiatives, as informed by NSW Health advice, to help reduce social interactions in support of the government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. As part of this response, some of our short courses may be postponed to a later date.

Please note however, bookings are open for all courses offered by the Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG). If a course needs to be postponed, participants will have the chance to transfer to a later date, a new course or request a full refund. IPPG will also be offering a range of online or blended learning options facilitated via zoom video conferencing. If you have any questions in the interim, please do not hesitate to contact our team at

Who is this course for?

Professionals seeking a general appreciation of evaluation from local, state and federal government as well as consultants and the NGO sector. Relevant to professionals who have to conduct an evaluation as well those who need to manage or commission an evaluation.



16 November




2 days

Meet the Expert

George Argyrous

George Argyrous
Manager, Research and Evaluation, IPPG

Dr. George Argyrous is the Research and Evaluation Manager at the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG) and was formerly ANZSOG Senior Lecturer in Evidence-Based Decision-Making and director of the Evidence and Evaluation Hub. He is an expert in the application of statistics and research methods to social, economic and evaluation research, and the macroeconomics of government spending. George has managed and taught a number of research methods, statistics and evaluation training courses for public sector agencies, including the Australian Broadcasting Authority, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. He has also worked as a consultant to many public and private sector agencies on a range of research projects and evaluations. This includes: the Health Education Training Institute, Urbis, the NSW Police Service, LegalAid NSW, Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Optus Communications, NSW Department of Education, and the Australian Council for the Arts

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Duncan Rintoul

Duncan Rintoul
Director, Rooftop Social

Duncan is an Associate of IPPG and Director of Rooftop Social, a research and evaluation firm that specialises in facilitation and capacity building. Duncan has close to 20 years’ consulting experience across a broad range of policy areas, including education, justice, human services, health and urban affairs. He works with a diverse mix of government agencies and NGOs and teaches in executive education programs for the Australian Evaluation Society (AES) and the Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMSRS). Between 2015-19, Duncan initiated and led a major evaluation capacity building project in the NSW Department of Education.

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Mon 16 Nov 2020 -
Tue 17 Nov 2020
Expert: George Argyrous, Duncan Rintoul
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