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Work with organisations to improve evaluation standards

Recommendation:
203
Status:
In progress

Who is leading the change

  • Department of Premier and Cabinet

The Victorian Government work with organisations it funds to provide family violence services, to improve evaluation standards by, among other things:

  • ensuring that where an evaluation is anticipated or expected, resources are provided to allow for the evaluation, including funding for the evaluation itself and for the design and/or implementation of processes and systems to support data collection
  • ensuring that the initial period for which a program is funded contains a period of service delivery that is long enough to support a thorough evaluation of the program
  • resourcing those delivering initiatives to conduct ‘action research’ during the life of the program, so that adaptations can be made to improve data collection and service delivery
  • publishing evaluation outcomes where appropriate
  • The Victorian Government is working with departments and funded organisations to improve evaluation standards and ensure organisations have the resources, time and expertise to evaluate programs effectively.

    Funding was allocated for family violence services in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 State Budgets to meet the cost of evaluations, including action research.

  • A range of existing evaluation processes in place for the organisations that receive government funding has been reviewed, and consultations have commenced with funded organisations through the Family Violence Steering Committee to develop a revised approach to evaluation processes.

    This information has been used to develop revised program evaluation standards and guidance materials that will be tested, refined and progressively implemented across all funded family violence and related social services.

    Government is working to ensure that robust evaluation processes are embedded in new funding agreements as family violence services are expanded to meet demand.

  • Forecast implementation date: 31 March 2021.

Reviewed 17 May 2020

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