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Face to face workshops: Evaluation research with Duncan Rintoul

19th Oct 18

Face to face workshops offer core courses for enhancing the skills of social and market researchers.

The courses cover key aspects of our profession – spanning both qualitative and quantitative research, and with a focus on subjects and content that are directly applicable. Face to face workshops will deliver valuable new knowledge and skills so that delegates can keep pace with a rapidly changing marketplace.

Each course will be 4 to 8 hours long with a focus on delivering practical skills with a short-burst duration. Courses will be delivered face-to-face in one central location to maximise the quality of learning and to facilitate interaction between class members. This concentrated learning experience will deliver maximum knowledge in the minimum time in recognition of the time demands on today’s research professional.

To encourage members located outside NSW to participate, discounts are offered to help offset the cost of interstate travel.

Both qualitative and quantitative topics covered.

You can mix and match to meet your learning needs. You can choose a topic from each half day’s offerings to meet your individual requirements. Attend 1 or more sessions.

Course Details:

Evaluation research
with 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 hands-on 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.

Who should be attending?

Research practitioners who are seeking to gain maximum input on acquiring up-to-date knowledge and skills with a minimal time commitment. The course structure enables tailoring of course selection to meet individual needs.

Key benefits

Upon completion, participants in this program will have gained:

  • An increased understanding and knowledge in an important research domain
  • knowledge of both the foundation and new approaches for undertaking market and social research;
  • an enhanced perspective on the emerging and ever-changing role of the researcher in today’s marketplace;
  • an expanded peer network through participation in group exercises; and
  • improved ability to deliver results through an extended skill set and broader understanding of the various techniques used in their chosen study area.


Event information:

Event Format:
Friday 19th October 2018
8:30am - 12:30pm
The Grace Hotel - 77 York St, Sydney NSW
Event Cost :(inc.GST)
Contact AMSRS for your interstate discount code:
(Please note places are limited so register to secure your place)
Morning Tea
QPMR Points:
25 QPMR points

Registration Details: Face to face workshops 2018 is an intensive learning program for research professionals of all levels. It will be conducted at the Grace Hotel Sydney NSW. Registration fees include GST, tuition, program materials and catering during courses.

Closing Dates: The closing date for registrations is 12 October 2018

Late registrations will be considered, depending on the availability of places as numbers are limited to 25 participants per workshop.

Cancellation Policy: Due to the considerable administration and course material costs associated with this program, a fee equivalent to 10% of the registration fee will be incurred should confirmed bookings be cancelled prior to 12 October 2018.

Cancellations after 12 October 2018 will not be granted a refund. A substitute participant is welcome and in this instance a cancellation fee will not apply. All requests for cancellations or substitutions MUST be made in writing to the Society PRIOR TO THE EVENT and accompanied by written acknowledgement from AMSRS.

Privacy Notification: AMSRS acknowledges and respects the privacy of individuals. We advise that the information you provide during registration is ‘personal information’ as defined by the Privacy and Personal Information Act 1998 (the ‘Act’). This information is being collected for the purpose of processing your registration. The intended recipient of the information is the AMSRS only and will be used to inform you of Society activities unless you specify that you do not want to receive this information. The information on this registration page was correct at the time of making it available [July 2018]. However, it may be subject to change in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

3% surcharge applies for AMEX and Diners cards


Start Time:
8:30 AM

The Grace Hotel, 77 York Street, Sydney

Non-member Price:
AU $ 770 (Inc. GST)

Member Price:
AU $ 550.00 (Inc. GST)

Your Price:
AU $ 770.00 (Inc. GST)

Registrations Open:
6th Jul 18 12:00 AM

Registrations Close:
17th Oct 18 11:59 PM


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