Evaluation Projects for the Australian Government
Department of Health
Evaluation of the Voluntary Dental Graduate Year Program for the Australian Government Department of Health. The program annually places 50-80 graduate dentists with service providers in regional and remote locations. The evaluation involved extensive data collection, consultation and analysis.
Rural Industries R&D Corporation (RIRDC)
ACIG provided advice to guide the cost-effective preparation of post-project evaluation stories of projects in which RIRDC has
invested a significant proportion of a program’s budget (typically $300,000 to $1 million). Part of our assignment included the development and delivery of impact evaluations of a number of funded projects.
Australian Centre of Excellence for Risk Analysis (ACERA)
ACIG delivered an evaluation of the effectiveness of ACERA in meeting its Funding Agreement objectives, and the suitability of the current ACERA objectives for a future Centre of Excellence for Risk Analysis.
Australian Government Land and Coasts
ACIG delivered the mid-term evaluation of the $2 billion, five-year Caring for our Country program for Australian Government Land and Coasts. Caring for our Country funded projects across the country to achieve national targets – projects that improve biodiversity and sustainable farm practices.
Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
ACIG evaluated the implementation of the Science & Technology Engagement Pathways (STEP) community engagement framework. Our evaluation delivered a high-level view of the quality of the STEP implementation and its success in achieving its objectives.
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
ACIG conducted an independent review of the health, industry and economic outcomes of the Development Grants Funding Scheme. In particular our focus was on the outcomes and benefits accruing to the Australian Government, industry and the wider Australian community.
Department of Communications and the Arts
ACIG has evaluated the following programs:
- the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (AMRAP);
- the Satellite Phone Subsidy Scheme (SPSS);
- the Indigenous Communications Project; and
- Round One funding of the Digital Hubs and Digital Enterprise
Evaluation Projects for State Governments and Agencies
Department of Environment, Land, Planning & Water, VIC
ACIG was engaged to develop monitoring and evaluation plans for a suite of landscape scale projects. Our work involved extensive face-to-face consultation with stakeholders throughout rural and regional Victoria.
Department of Justice and Regulation, VIC
ACIG assessed the extent to which the regulators within the Justice portfolio complied with the regulator practices contained within the Better Business Regulation Best Practice Framework. We helped nine regulatory agencies to evaluate their regulatory processes from end to end, starting with policy development, strategy selection, regulatory scheme design and implementation planning, through to full-scale operation of the regulatory scheme, and its review and improvement. One of the most important outcomes was a strategic improvement action plan that each regulator was able to use to improve their regulatory performance and better manage their legislative obligations.
Department of Primary Industries, VIC
ACIG was engaged to undertake Better Business Regulation reviews with the Department’s own regulators, similar to the Justice reviews above. Once again, the reviews covered end-to-end processes of regulatory development, operation, review and coordination.
The agencies involved were Fisheries Victoria, Earth Resources Regulation branch, Animal Health Field Services branch of Farm Services Victoria, Invasive Plants and Animals Branch and Landscape Protection Services of Biosecurity Victoria, and Dairy Food Safety Victoria.
Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, VIC
ACIG delivered an outcome evaluation of the Multicultural Language Service (MLS) Program.
Department of Human Services, VIC
ACIG conducted an evaluation of the Victorian Women’s Register to determine how to ensure more women found places on government boards. Research included in-depth interviews, focus groups, document analysis, data collection and analysis.
Department of Sustainability and Environment, VIC
ACIG delivered the River Red Gum Parks and Reserves Establishment Evaluation Study in late 2012. This was a program evaluation delivered to the requirements of the Department of Treasury and Finance’s Evaluation policy and standards for lapsing programs.
Review Projects for Local Government in Australia
Mildura City Council, VIC
ACIG delivered two reviews for Mildura City Council:
- Review of Council’s Customer Services.
- Review of Bitumen Services and the policy and mechanisms for delivery of private bitumen services to local private organisations and VicRoads. The Review included benchmarking with four similar councils and research into best practice.
City of Parramatta, NSW
ACIG was engaged to do an examination of opportunities for business improvements within Council’s City Operations Unit. Our work included a substantial benchmarking exercise for four services: Parks and Gardens, Cleansing, Civil Maintenance, and Plant and Fleet.
Latrobe City Council, VIC
ACIG conducted a review of Latrobe City’s Child and Family Services Department, where the structural implications of profound strategic changes within three major services were of prime interest.
In the past we have also developed Business Planning Facilitator guidelines and undertaken substantial process mapping exercises for Council.
International Evaluation Projects
Papua New Guinea Sustainable Development Program Ltd (PNGSDP)
ACIG was engaged to design and support the initial implementation of a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation framework for the
PNGSDP, an independent development corporation that invests revenue from the Ok Tedi mine into development projects on behalf of the people of Papua New Guinea. The corporation’s development portfolio consists of several hundred projects ranging in size from $20,000 to $25 million, annually investing around $100 million in projects in a wide range of socioeconomic sectors including transport, communications, health, education and agriculture.
The evaluation capacity development project involved an initial needs analysis, including an evaluation skills self-assessment survey, development of an monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework and creation of a PNGSDP M&E Handbook.
Australian Aid Program in Papua New Guinea
ACIG carried out a program of case study research for a major Australian Aid program in Papua New Guinea. This fifteen month
project identified to what extent and in what ways a selected number of capacity development initiatives have contributed to PNG’s public sector development and service delivery.
Government of Tajikistan
ACIG assisted the Government of Tajikistan to develop the capacity for monitoring and evaluation of national development programs and projects.
Over two years we advised on institutional development and capacity building as well as system design and implementation for the monitoring system for the poverty reduction strategy.
ACIG also developed and delivered training courses for monitoring and evaluation, results-based management, data management and statistical analysis.
People’s Republic of China
ACIG helped the Government develop a Result-Based National Monitoring and Evaluation System for Key Projects.
We reviewed their draft monitoring and evaluation system, assessed the institutional framework and capacities of the key stakeholders at the national and provincial levels, and studied eight pilot projects, helping to develop their program logic models and determine measurements for key indicators.
We also prepared and delivered training to over 200 project inspectors to explain the concepts and principles of result-based project monitoring and evaluation, methodologies for devising results indicators, and the use of such indicators and the monitoring and evaluation system for policy and decision making.