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Monday, September 16 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end of it

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Kale Dyer (Family & Community Services)

Program logics provide a framework for a systematic, integrated approach to program planning, implementation, and evaluation. They foster a shared understanding of how a program operates by clearly articulating program activities and desired outcomes, and clearly illustrating the change processes underlying an intervention.

This presentation will demonstrate an extension of program logic focusing on better integrating evidence, making explicit the mechanism of change, and embedding the NSW Human Services Outcomes Framework into program design and evaluation. A distinguishing feature of the approach is the inclusion of sections that articulate the research evidence and mechanisms of change for the program. The approach includes the evidence base for how and why the core components and flexible activities that make up the program are expected to achieve the proposed outcomes. The ability to generalise program findings is improved by identifying core components and flexible activities. These evidence extensions highlight why components of the program are likely to be effective, and links client needs to intended outcomes. This clarification facilitates improved commissioning of research and evaluation, embedding evidence in programs, explicit discussion of mechanisms of change, and a client centred approach to achieving outcomes.

Discussion around the benefits and challenges of implementation of this extended program logic model in a government agency will be provided. Benefits include how it has facilitated more effective program evaluations by identifying areas of focus, informing the development of meaningful evaluation questions and identifying relevant client centred measures to address those questions.

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Squirrel Main

Research and Evaluation Manager, The Ian Potter Foundation
Dr Squirrel Main is The Ian Potter Foundation's first Research and Evaluation Manager and she co-chairs the Philanthropic Evaluation and Data Analysis network. Squirrel completed her Masters at Stanford University in Evaluation and Policy Analysis (with David Fetterman--hello David... Read More →

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Caroline Anderson

Senior Evaluation Officer, NSW Department of Communities and Justice
Caroline is a Research and Evaluation specialist with expertise evaluations of system-level reform, as well as program and project level evaluations. For the past fifteen years, Caroline has worked across State Government, not for profit organisations and academia. Caroline has a... Read More →

Alice Knight

Manager of Evaluation, Department of Communities and Justice
Alice Knight has over ten years experience working in the government, academic and not-for-profit sectors, with academic and policy expertise in the health and human services sectors. Alice currently works at the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) where her priority is... Read More →

Monday September 16, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am AEST