• The role and value of evaluation in policy design 
  • Approaches to evaluation 
  • Evaluation designs for policy and program circumstances 
  • Evaluation frameworks and tools. 


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 confidence in designing evaluation protocols 
  • Improved evaluation practices and outcomes. 

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 Jodie Curth-Bibb

Director, Governance and Social Impact, Square Circle and Adjunct Academic and Lecturer at Flinders University, PhD.
Flinders University

Dr Jodie Curth-Bibb is a political scientist and lecturer in public policy with Flinders University. Over Jodie’s 20 year career she has worked in various roles in the public service, academia, international development and media and politics. Jodie has worked in senior research roles as well as teaching and capacity development roles. Dr Curth-Bibb has worked on public policy issues in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Fiji and Pakistan. She has worked on research and capacity development collaborations with the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Defence Force and Australian Civil-Military Centre, Australian Institute for Health and Welfare, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia Awards, the Indigenous Land Corporation, United Nations Development Program, Pacific Women, New Zealand Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade, the World Bank, the Government of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands Government, Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, Correctional Services Solomon Islands, Institute for Urban Indigenous Health.

Jodie’s teaching and research interests are focused on public policy and governance. Her primary interests include: public sector capacity development, evidence-based policy-making, governance and state capacity, gender equity and social inclusion, gender mainstreaming, Indigenous governance, complexity theory, monitoring and evaluation and learning, hybridity and non-state institutions.

PhD Political Science (University of Queensland)

Associate Professor Cassandra Star

Associate Professor, College of Business, Government and Law
Flinders University

Cassandra Star is an Associate Professor of Public Policy in the College of Business, Government and Law. She lead the Climate and Sustainability Policy Research (CASPR) group. She is currently Research Theme Leader for Flinders Government. She has previously been Head of Department of Politics and Public Policy at Flinders University. She has an Honours degree from Griffith University and a PhD from Monash University.

Her research is concentrated on the interface between politics and the policy process and the subsequent impact of these dynamics on policy formulation. The ways in which stakeholders shape the climate policy agenda is the current focus of her work.

She is highly sought after to provide advice and professional development services to state and federal government agencies. She was the academic coordinator of the Public Sector Management Program for the Australian Public Service Commission from 2013-2015 and managed the team that delivered this $1.6m dollar project from Flinders University. She is a member of the Institute of Public Administration, South Australian division’s Strategic Advisory Committee.

She is an outstanding, internationally recognised innovative educator. She is the recipient of eight teaching awards across her career, including two prestigious Office of Learning and Teaching competitive National Citations for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.

Cassandra provide significant leadership within political science nationally and internationally, including convening the Environmental Politics and Policy Standing Committee for the Australian Political Science Association.

- PhD Monash University
- Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning University of Southern Queensland
- Bachelor of Science (Australian Environmental Studies) Hons (I) Griffith University
- Bachelor of Science (Australian Environmental Studies) Griffith University

Upcoming course availability

In person

September 2022

Thursday, 29 September 2022


1 full day 9:00am-4:30pm (8:45am registration)

Workbook, resources, lunch, morning tea and refreshments

12 Pirie Street, Adelaide SA 5000
(please visit registration links for further information)
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Personal Member $515
State Government Employee Member $550
Corporate Member $560
Non-Member $645