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“Setting standards for evidence: NSW Government evaluation achievements, priorities and future directions”

The conference program was developed for evaluation specialists, and senior staff responsible for policy and program design and management from across the public sector, universities, NGOs and consulting groups.

The conference will:

  • Outline evaluation priorities for the NSW public sector
  • Discuss recent developments to support quality evaluation of Government programs
  • Share current examples of evaluation best practice of Government programs

In the International Year of Evaluation 2015, the NSW Government is actively supporting a range of initiatives to further strengthen the demand and use of evaluation in policy-making.

The conference program was been developed for evaluation specialists, and staff involved in design or management of policy and programs. We are inviting participation from across the public sector, universities, NGOs and consulting groups.


 

The conference was held at: Aerial Function Centre, University of Technology Sydney, Jones Street Ultimo

PROGRAM AND PRESENTATIONS

8:45-9:15am

Registration, tea/coffee and networking

Setting standards for evidence: the NSW Government Evaluation Framework

9:15-9:30am

Welcome

Maryanne Mrakovcic – Deputy Secretary, Economic, NSW Treasury

9:30-10:00am

Opening Keynote: Delivering the Evidence that Counts

Dr Norman Swan

“What’s in it for me?” Evaluation is a strategic priority: turning evaluation from a perceived cost to an actual benefit

10:00-10:25am

Evaluation as a benefit: stories from the frontline - Social Benefit Bonds

Simone Walker – Department of Family and Community Services and Sally Cowling –  Uniting Care Burnside

10:25-10:55am

Morning Tea

10:55-11:20am

Evaluation as a benefit: stories from the frontline - 'Go for Fun' Program Evaluation

Christine Innes-Hughes and Dr Santosh Khanal – NSW Health

11:20-11:45am

Using evaluation to change the way you do business

Amanda Chadwick, Executive Director

Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development

11:45-12:30pm

Plenary Panel with presenters

Facilitator: Dr Norman Swan

12:30-1:15pm

Lunch   

“Where to from here?” Driving better evaluation and building capacity   

1:15-1:45pm

Better commissioning for better evaluations

Duncan Rintoul – Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation, Department of Education and Dr Carmen Huckel Schneider – Sax Institute

1:45-2:15pm

Using cost benefit analysis – don’t be afraid

Professor Peter Abelson – NSW Treasury 

2:15-2:45pm

Questions from the floor

Facilitator: Dr Norman Swan

2:45-3:15pm

Afternoon Tea

3:15-4:40pm

Building evaluation capacity: a view from across the sector and beyond (Facilitator: Dr Norman Swan)

Introduction: strengthening evaluation across the sector (Premier & Cabinet and Treasury)

Short presentations from government and NGOs/consultants on examples of evaluation capability building:

Panel: all presenters, and Dr George Argyrous (ANZSOG) - questions from the floor (45 minutes)

4:40-4:45pm

Close

Graeme Head – Public Service Commission



[1] Dr Norman Swan appears by arrangement with Claxton Speakers International.