• Introduction to Program Evaluation 
  • Establishing criteria and standards
  • Measuring performance
  • Synthesizing and integrating evidence


By the end of this course, you will have a depth of understanding of the role of evaluation, how evaluation can be designed and tools appropriate to a range of circumstances and resourcing levels. Your department/agency will benefit from improved evaluation understanding and practice at both program or policy commencement and at review. 

  • Develop understanding of evaluation in the public sector 
  • Develop understanding of evaluation design 
  • Develop understanding of evaluation tools. 

Who Should Attend 

People new to policy roles, or those wishing to deepen their skills. Those responsible for policy implementation and review. 

Benefits to You and Your Organisation 

  • Networking with people in similar roles in the SA public sector 
  • Expert input, skills development and access to strategies, tools and tips for policy and program evaluation 
  • Increased confidence in policy and program evaluation. 

This course is designed for those who might have been exposed to earlier courses on public policy, but at an introductory level. It will suit those wishing to further develop their skills in policy roles or those responsible for policy or program implementation. 

Learn about our speakers

Dr Rodrigo Praino

Associate Professor of Politics and Public Policy
Flinders University

Dr Rodrigo Praino is Associate Professor of Politics and Public Policy at Flinders University. He holds a PhD in Political Science and has received several prestigious fellowships, scholarships and awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship. In 2018 he became the first political scientist to win a Tall Poppy Science Award for excellence is scientific research and communication.

A/Professor Praino was the Director of the Flinders postgraduate program in Public Policy and Public Management for almost a decade. He is an expert in decision-making and political behaviour and has conducted successful research on elections, focusing on how voters make decisions in a context of low-information. His publications in this area cover a wide range of issues, including the effect of political scandals and corruption, the political behavior of young voters, the political representation of women, and the role of candidate physical appearance.

A/Professor Praino is also one of the only scholars in Australia engaged in research on space policy. This is a growing field of research that is quickly becoming extremely important. He is particularly interested in understanding and analysing the importance of space assets for defence, economic development, international relations, and decision-making. He is founder of the Space Power and Policy Applied Research Consortium (SPPARC), which conducts research on space policy.

A/Prof Praino’s research has been published by top peer-reviewed academic journals in the Social Sciences, including Political Behavior, The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, American Politics Research and Government and Opposition. It has attracted funding from various sources, including the Australian Research Council, SmartSat CRC, Defence, and UNICEF. It has also featured in major international media outlets, including the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Politico, the Times of India, the Pew Research Centre and the Herald Sun.


1 full day
9:30am-4:30pm (9:15am registration)

Workbook, resources, lunch, morning tea and refreshments

12 Pirie Street, Adelaide SA 5000
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Personal Member $575
State Govt Employee Member $615
Corporate Member $625
Non-member $725