Using Evaluative Thinking to Improve Organisational Performance

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This training program will be running once only on 30 April 2019, with no dates scheduled for future years. Book today to ensure you don’t miss out.


Evaluation is a key tool for ensuring efficient and effective delivery of government programs and is a main contributor to evidence based policy and decision making. Evaluative Thinking (ET) is the mechanism by which this takes place. The WA Government has adopted an evaluative thinking approach to program and policy evaluation which is presented in the WA Treasury Evaluation Guide. IPAA WA is pleased to provide jointly with the Australian Evaluation Society a very practical and hands-on  one day course on embedding evaluative thinking in the culture of government agencies. This course will be provided by two of Australia’s most experienced evaluators of public programs, Dr John Owen, Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne and Dr Rick Cummings, Emeritus Professor, Murdoch University. The course will apply the latest research on evaluative thinking to the WA public sector using the Evaluation Guide as a road map. 

Course Content

This workshop is based on a set of exercises designed to assist participants to address practical issues related to the use of evaluative thinking. These exercises will be based around a case study designed to enable participants to explore how the use of evaluative thinking is consistent with key evaluation resources such as the Evaluation Guide. A list of readings and websites relevant to ET will be made available to the workshop participants, with a particular focus on the relationship of ET to evaluative capacity. 

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course attendees should be able to:

  • understand the key elements of evaluative thinking
  • be able to apply evaluative thinking to policy and program development and implementation
  • understand the link between evaluative thinking and agency resilience
  • be aware of strategies and techniques for evaluative thinking to build evaluative capacity in government agencies
  • have practiced applying evaluative thinking to programs and policies.

Benefits to your Organisation

  • will understand the benefits of evaluative thinking in policy and program planning and implementation
  • will be able to apply evaluative thinking to enhance evidence based decision making
  • will be able to apply the WA Treasury Evaluation Guide to policy and program evaluation studies.

Benefits to you

  • will understand the value of evaluative thinking in policy work
  • will be able to apply evaluative thinking in policy and program development
  • will understand how to apply the WA Treasury Evaluation Guide when planning evaluation studies of public policies and programs.