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Conducting an evaluation

Corporate business units across the department commission the Evaluation team to evaluate their programs. We work with all stakeholders to design, implement and report on evaluations.

Commissioned evaluations provide a high level of rigour and quality assurance. They are undertaken outside the program, they draw on the expertise of the evaluation officers and are managed by a Program Evaluation Reference Group (PERG).

For examples of evaluations, visit Current and past projects page.

When the Evaluation team conducts evaluations, they use processes that comply with NSW Department of Education Evaluation Policy and Evaluation Framework. These include:

  • proposing an evaluation
  • planning an evaluation
  • implementing the evaluation.

Proposing an evaluation

During this process, we work with program owners to develop a program logic and proposal detailing the major intentions of the evaluation. The program logic provides a clear overview of the program and the proposal will be used to obtain approval to conduct the evaluation from the Public Schools Executive Group (PSEG).

Planning an evaluation

When approval is given, we work together to expand the information in the proposal to develop an full evaluation plan. The evaluation plan outlines the procedures of the evaluation by detailing:

  • methodology
  • the budget
  • the timeline
  • resources.

The plan will need the endorsement of the PERG. The PERG usually comprises stakeholder representatives and experts in the subject or content area of the program.

Implementing the evaluation

The Evaluation team will implement the endorsed evaluation plan, gathering and analysing data to use as evidence for the evaluation. The findings of the evaluation will be reported as per the plan.

At each step, we will update program owners, the PERG and any other stakeholders regarding the progress of the evaluation, and seek advice on any issues encountered along the way.

The result of the evaluation will inform the future directions of the program.

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