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Evaluation Strategy

​​​​​​​​​Every day, we use evaluative thinking to inform our decisions and to help us understand what is working, what isn't and why.

​Evaluation plays an important role in the design and implementation of the department's initiatives. It helps us know if our investments and actions are targeted at delivering and improving the outcomes for our clients. Evaluations consider:

  • Appropriateness - Was it the right kind of initiative?
  • Effectiveness - Did the initiative achieve what it set out to do?
  • Equity - Did it deliver more equitable outcomes?
  • Efficiency - Was there value for money?

Evaluation is a core part of the continuous performance improvement cycle in the Performance Improvement and Accountability Framework and done well enables us to learn and improve.

The department's Evaluation Strategy: Building better evidence (PDF, 3.25MB) guides how we develop and conduct well-designed, quality evaluations using three key elements:

  1. Creating Standards - Evaluations help the department build its evidence. The Standards for evaluation and the Standards of Evidence help embed evaluative thinking in the design, planning, conduct and evaluation of initiatives within the department.
  2. Building capability - Investing in staff professional development encourages a culture of evaluative thinking, critical reflection and the identification of opportunities to improve. We continue to build on this foundation with improved tools and evaluation network.
  3. Leading evaluations - Strategic evaluations are carried out in phases with formal governance groups to provide assurance on the quality and credibility of the evaluation and detailed advice and technical support. An overarching whole-of-department governance body - the Research and Evaluation Working Group - provides strategic oversight across all strategic evaluations.

Evaluation findings

The department publishes the findings of strategic evaluations to promote transparency, accountability and improve our services.

Early childhood education and care

Evaluation of the National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Early Childhood Development (PDF, 5.1MB)

Evaluation of the Implementation of Foundations for Success (DOC, 1.5MB)


Training and skills

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

If you are a DoE​ employee, further information including evaluation planning and reporting templates and advice can be found on OnePortal.

The Queensland Government Program Evaluation Guidelines​ (PDF, 992KB) clarify expectations for the evaluation of public sector programs, interventions, initiatives, services or trials in Queensland.​​


 Contact Details

Analytics and Evaluation Secretariat

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Last updated
27 March 2018