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2017 Winter School - Course 4 -Evaluation Design and Planning - Duncan Rintoul

20th Jul 17

Evaluation Design and Planning - Duncan Rintoul

Evaluation is a dynamic and rewarding field of practice that shares some significant ground with social research.
However, the design of evaluation frameworks and the combined analysis of multiple data sources can make evaluation projects particularly challenging, even for the most seasoned social researcher.

This subject provides a critical engagement with evaluation theory and practice, as applied in a range of social policy and organisational management contexts. It provides tools that will help skilled researchers navigate the complexities of public and community sector evaluations, with all their political sensitivities, competing priorities and technical challenges.

We begin by examining the different kinds of questions that evaluations seek to answer, and then move on to explore what this means for how we should design our research questions, data collection processes and analytical frameworks. A focus here is on the use of logic models in evaluation framework design, as a means of providing structure, transparency and rigour throughout the evaluation process. Practical pitfalls and strategies are also discussed, including in relation to data collection and analysis, stakeholder management and the development of recommendations.

On completion of the subject, the written work and class participation will provide students with a sound theoretical foundation and handson experience in key aspects of evaluation design.

Duncan Rintoul

Duncan is a social researcher and evaluator with 18 years' experience across the
community sector, academia, consultancy and government.
He runs Rooftop Social, a consulting firm that specialises in the use of evidence to drive innovation in social policy and public service delivery. Clients include Legal Aid NSW, Financial Literacy Australia, Bridge Housing, Mental Health Australia, Family
Planning Victoria and the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence.

He is also heading up a major evaluation capacity building project in the NSW Department of Education, having previously delivered in-house evaluation training programs for the NSW Centre for Road Safety, NSW Family and Community Services and the Australian Department of Industry and Science.
Duncan established the AMSRS Social and Government Research Network in 2011 and has served on several AMSRS conference committees. He was a Director on the board of the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) from 2012-2016 and regularly teaches in the AES professional learning program.


Start Time:
1:00 PM

The Grace Hotel, 77 York Street, Sydney

Non-member Price:
AU $ 660 (Inc. GST)

Member Price:
$440.00 (Inc. GST)

Your Price:
AU $ 660.00 (Inc. GST)

Places Available: 19

Registrations Open:
27th Apr 17 12:00 AM


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