Evaluating the School Leadership Institute's programs

The School Leadership Institute’s programs are evidence-informed, and based on best practice and global research into effective leadership. We evaluate each program at key points to ensure it is responsive to the needs of participants, the NSW Department of Education and the wider profession.

Evaluation approach

The SLI's evaluation methods measure the outcomes for leadership programs, the participants of these programs and the impact on the NSW public school system. We are committed to thorough, evidence-informed reviews of our programs to help continually improve them.

We will ensure all leadership development initiatives have a proven impact on leaders and ultimately on the quality of teaching and learning in our schools.

Participants in all our programs may be asked to take part in evaluation activities such as surveys, feedback forms and focus groups. This will help us continue to deliver high quality, relevant and impactful professional learning for future participants.

Evaluation aims

There are 5 key aims that guide the evaluation of the work of the SLI.

  1. The extent to which school leaders engage in the leadership learning and development offerings provided by the SLI.
  2. The extent to which participants are satisfied with the leadership learning and development provided by the SLI.
  3. The impact of programs/resources on the leadership learning and development of NSW public school leaders
  4. The extent to which school leaders are identified and developed to satisfy the program intentions.
  5. The extent to which SLI programs/resources have contributed to building leadership capacity of and for the system.


There are 3 focus themes we take into account when evaluating programs. They are:

  • Aboriginal leadership
  • Inclusion and diversity
  • Equity of access

DoE staff can access our Evaluation Strategy on our intranet pages.

More information

For more information, contact the School Leadership Institute at slicorrespondence@det.nsw.edu.au


  • Teaching and learning

Business Unit:

  • School Leadership Institute
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