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Masterclass: Evidence-based policy development and evaluation

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Liquid Learning Group Policy practitioners must increasingly develop policy based on clear evidence that links informed research and rigorous analysis to proposed actions. This interactive Masterclass provided participants with a comprehensive framework as to how an evidence-based approach can be applied to decision making throughout the policy development stage by utilising existing research data and policy literature, in addition to evaluating outcomes and results through informed methods of assessment. Using practical case study examples of key public policy issues, the Masterclass explored: Connecting ‘evidence’ based policy to the realities of policy development...

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Evaluation of Paung Ku

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AusAID, Canberra Office Evaluated phase 2 (2010-2012) of Paung Ku: a civil society strengthening program, in Myanmar (Burma). Planned and conducted extensive in-country consultations across Myanmar in the Yangon, Mandalay and the Delta regions. Applied case study evaluation approach and appreciative inquiry interview techniques. Assessed the achievements of Paung Ku Phase 2 against four key objectives and outcomes; reported against AusAID criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency sustainability; developed a theory of change to determine the impact of Paung Ku’s civil society strengthening activities; and explored the lessons learned from phase 2 to inform the...

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Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions Collaborative Model of Care project

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Arthritis Australia Provided policy and evaluation advice to an expert advisory group established to develop an evidence-based model of care for people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions. Prepared an initial scoping paper about: the rationale for a collaborative care model for arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions perceptions of patients about their care, and what the type of care they expect evidence about the type of care people are receiving, and gaps across the care continuum, and existing care models proposed or being implemented in Australia and internationally. Reviewed the scientific academic and policy literature on best practice clinical care,...

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Performance Challenge Fund

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AusAID Manila Office Developed a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (M&E) for the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF), an incentive program which aimed to improve governance and service delivery in Local Government Units (LGUs) in the Philippines. Prepared an evaluability assessment of the PCF, and reviewed current and future monitoring and evaluation requirements. Reviewed documentation about the history of the PCF, assessed DILG’s existing monitoring and evaluation systems, and performance assessment and reporting frameworks associated with AusAID’s national and sub-national program. Consulted with PCF program officers, other AusAID staff, and senior staff in the...

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National Preventive Health Research Strategy

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Australian National Preventive Health Agency In 2013. ANPHA developed a National Preventive Research Strategy (the Strategy) which identified research priorities and aimed to guide long term building of infrastructure and capabilities for useful preventative health research in Australia. The Strategy focuses on population health research and strategies that links to policy and program needs. Following initial consultations which led to a first draft of the Strategy, stakeholders were invited by ANPHA to provide comment particularly on the framework and principles; what areas of research had been prioritized; and how capacity for translational research could be built. In...

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