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Wednesday, September 18 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Unboxing the Inquiry - the Independent Inquiry into the Australian Public Service and its implications for evaluation

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John Stoney (AES)

The Independent Inquiry into the Australian Public Service was announced in June 2018. It received over 600 initial submissions, including from the AES, which proposed the Inquiry should consider options for developing appropriate organisational infrastructure and support systems for evaluation and policy evidence, capable of informing policy decision-making and showing the effectiveness of the APS. This included:
  • investment in better systems,
  • increasing the APS staff evidentiary and performance literacy
  • a critical mass of staff with specialist technical expertise
  • encouraging a culture of performance management
  • institutional infrastructure

Following the release of its ‘Priorities for Change’ interim report and associated discussion papers in April 2019, the AES lodged a second submission, proposing:
an enabling environment for performance
  • a central whole-of-Australian Government evaluation hub
  • support for the introduction of a professions model and an ‘APS Academy’
  • consulting across and outside of government to inform the design and introduction of these and other reforms proposed by the Independent Review

With the Final Report due to be delivered shortly to the Australian Government, and the Prime Minister recently outlining some of his vision for the APS, this session will enable AES members to hear an update on the Inquiry, panel members views about the issues raised in the AES submission, and their thinkingon the possible implications for evaluation arising from the Inquiry's work.


Chairs
SG

Susan Garner

Director, Garner Willisson
I've been involved in evaluation work since 1996, when I was asked to evaluate a health policy about funding of public hospitals. I got 'hooked' from that point onwards, and even after 30 years in the field of evaluation, there's always another challenge to embrace, something interesting... Read More →

Presenters
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John Stoney

President, Australian Evaluation Society
An internal evaluation practitioner within the Australian Government for nearly 15 years which he describes this as his 'day job', in his 'evening job' John is the current AES President. Prior to that he has  been (also effectively part-time) at varying stages a student and later... Read More →
MW

Mary Welsh

Mary has recently retired from the Australian Public Service. She has a PhD in public policy evaluation and extensive experience in policy and program evaluation, working mainly with commissioned evaluations in the schools and early childhood sectors.
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Alexandra Ellinson

Performance Audit Leader, Audit Office of NSW
AH

Andrew Hawkins

Partner, ARTD Consultants
Andrew works as a trusted advisor and strategic evaluator for public policy professionals, generating insight and evidence for decision-making. Andrew has worked for a wide range of Australian and NSW public sector agencies and not-for-profits on the design, monitoring and evaluation... Read More →


Wednesday September 18, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm AEST
Pyrmont Theatre