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Place-based evaluation framework: a guide for evaluation of place-based approaches in Australia

Prepared for the Queensland Government Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors (DCDSS), the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS), and Logan Together
Government services Social services Place-based policy Place-based child and family services Australia

The Place-based Evaluation Framework has been designed as a flexible user guide for evaluating place-based delivery approaches in Australia. It is designed for communities and facilitating partners implementing place-based delivery approaches (PBAs), funders, partnering organisations, service providers and evaluators. There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution for evaluating PBAs - evaluation needs to be context specific and based on the community and collective needs of partners and stakeholders.

The framework is relevant for the planning, establishment, and initial, middle, and later years of PBAs and outlines practical steps and considerations for designing appropriate and proportional evaluation solutions. It provides guidance and tools to help users to:

  • navigate the planning, design and implementation of place-based evaluation across the distinct PBA phases of implementation and progress, and
  • evaluate the processes, changes, impact and principles of place-based delivery PBAs.
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