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Outcomes Focused Program Evaluation

Program evaluation is a valuable tool for strengthening the quality of programs and improving outcomes. Evaluation provides an opportunity for critical, strategic thinking through collecting and analysing information about a program's activities, characteristics and outcomes. It allows you to assess the effectiveness of your program and improve future services.

About this course

This evaluation course is designed to provide you with the applied knowledge and skills to develop evaluation frameworks for a variety of purposes within your workplace. This course is highly participatory and interactive allowing you to apply learning throughout. Using Program Logic and other tools, you will apply evaluative practice and thinking and learn how to analyse the assumptions and values underpinning the expectation of program outcomes.

You will also determine appropriate evaluative approaches for the purpose of tracking progress, making judgments and decisions, building understanding, improving effectiveness and using evidence in program design and reporting. In this evaluation course, you will also draw on your own work case studies connected to organisational strategic goals to build your own learning and capacity.

Course structure

The following content will be covered during the course:

  • Introduction to evaluation and evaluative thinking
  • Skills of evaluation
  • Building an evaluation culture
  • Strategic alignment
  • Evaluation design
  • The practice of evaluation
  • Applying evaluation tools to case studies

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this evaluations course you will understand the context and benefits of evaluation and be able to develop evaluation frameworks for a variety of purposes within your work.

Delivery style

This evaluation course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the trainer in an application-focused teaching environment. Participants will challenge their understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in their individual workplace.

Enrolment conditions

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?

This course is suitable for managers and technical officers charged with implementing and evaluating programs.

This course is available to a closed cohort. If you are interested in an Evaluation course please email our team at



20 March




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Meet the Expert

Duncan Rintoul

Duncan Rintoul
Director, Rooftop Social

Duncan Rintoul is an Associate of IPPG and Director of Rooftop Social: a research and evaluation firm specialising in facilitation and capacity building. Duncan has over 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 executive education programs for both the Australian Evaluation Society (AES) and Australian Market and Social Research Society. Between 2015-19, Duncan initiated and lead evaluation capacity-building projects in the NSW Department of Education.

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Mon 20 Mar 2023 -
Tue 21 Mar 2023
Expert: Duncan Rintoul
  • This course will be delivered at the UTS City campus
  • On-campus
  • 2 sessions, 16 hours total
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