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Standards for evaluation

Evaluation shows us what is working and what is not, and helps us understand why. By evaluating our work, whether large scale change initiatives or small local level change initiatives, we can make informed, objective judgements about their merit in delivering the intended improvement in outcomes and if they represent value for money.

Strong and appropriate evaluation design, using quality methods helps generates quality evidence which underpins better monitoring, review and evaluation of our initiatives.

The Standards for evaluation (PDF, 422KB) guide how to design, plan and conduct an evaluation or review, as well as monitoring and reporting any results. The Standards deliver a consistent approach to the monitoring, review and evaluation of our initiatives by identifying the essential requirements that need to be in place for all initiatives.  Additional requirements apply to initiatives which meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • the initiative will operate for longer than three years
  • there is investment of $5 million or more per annum
  • the initiative is of public interest or carries high or extreme risk
  • the initiative is a departmental priority or is a pilot program with potential for wider roll out
  • an evaluation is required by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

The Standards for evaluation:

  • embed evaluative thinking and an evaluative approach into the planning, implementation, monitoring and the evaluation or review of initiatives
  • complement the Standards of Evidence by making sure all initiatives are designed from the start to generate evidence about their impact, scale and costs, as well as whether any change in outcomes is attributable to the initiative
  • require the application of the Standards of Evidence in the planning, conduct and reporting of results from evaluations or reviews
  • align with the department's Performance Improvement and Accountability Framework.

The Standards of evaluation have three components which apply at different times of an initiative's lifecycle:

  1. Plan and oversight
  2. Design and act
  3. Monitor and report

Further information on evaluation and the Standards for evaluation is available for departmental staff on OnePortal (DoE​ employees only).

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Last updated
01 February 2018