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Evaluation is a valuable tool for strengthening the quality of programs and improving outcomes, and provides an opportunity for critical and strategic thinking. By collecting and analysing information about your program's activities, characteristics and outcomes, you will better understand its effectiveness and improve future program services. This evaluation course online will help you draw your evaluation evidence together to have impact.
This course will cover the major skills you need to ensure your evaluation will have an impact on decision-making. It will delivered as one session through an interactive live video link (2 hours in total).
This online evaluations course will be led by two academic practitioners who have extensive experience conducting evaluations and also supporting the capacity of others to undertake evaluations. You will interact via zoom with the presenters and other course participants.
The modules that make up this evaluation online course will cover the following topics:
At the completion of this evaluation course online you will know how to:
This evaluation course online will be facilitated through an interactive live video link. Registered participants will be able to connect to the video link using Zoom (available free) and a reliable internet connection is required. Video connection details will be made available to each participant prior to the course via Canvas, the UTS Learning Management System (LMS). Course materials, presentations and/or readings will also be made available to participants within Canvas LMS.
Each module from within this online course will follow a common learning path that will involve:
This evaluation course online can also be customised and/or delivered in-house. Find out more.
This online evaluation course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public. This course is the forth in the evaluation online course series and builds on the content covered in earlier courses. Participants are not required to complete all the courses within the series although it is the suggested learning pathway.
This evaluation course online is designed for professionals seeking a general understanding of evaluation. This online course is also suitable to professionals who have to conduct an evaluation as well those who need to manage or commission an evaluation, such as Evaluation officers, Research officers or Policy officers.
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
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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