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Short course

Building an Evidence-Based Practice and Culture

University of Technology Sydney: 
Course Commencement Date
14 Oct 2019

Evidence-based practice (EBP) grounds decision-making in rigorous research and evaluation that is transparent and testable. Learn practical strategies and gain networks to build evidence-based culture and practice in your organisation at this two day professional development short course at the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance.

Duration: 2 days face-to-face with additional activity over a four month period
Course dates: 14 October (Day 1) and 13 November 2019 (Day 2)
Venue: UTS City Campus, Sydney

Course content

The course explores:

  • Identifying and addressing capability gaps in your organisation
  • Engaging and motivating staff at all levels 
  • Integrating research and evaluation into decision-making processes
  • Understanding the diverse range of data collection and analysis approaches available, and assessing which are most important for you
  • Building systems and structures that support the generation and use of evidence 
  • Being critical consumers of others’ research and evaluations
  • Deriving internal capability building outcomes from external contracts
  • Leading organisational change towards evidence-based culture and practice

Who should attend?

Suited to a wide range of professionals, including:

  • Internal research/evaluation specialists and managers
  • Leaders of innovation/change/transformation efforts
  • Managers of teams, programs or projects
  • Learning and development specialists supporting the above groups
  • Professionals from all levels of government, for-purpose organisations, and universities

Course presenters

George Argyrous is the Research and Evaluation Manager at the Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG). As well as teaching, he consults on a wide range of research and evaluation projects for private and public sector agencies, including as an expert advisor to the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet for the development of the Whole of Government Evaluation Guidelines. He has worked in complex policy such as disaster recovery, literacy and numeracy in schools, asbestos management and countering violent extremism, all of which demand a multi-agency approach across levels of government and over a period of time. He has a long history working with organisations to build their capability to engage in evidence-based practice, most recently with the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, the WA Public Sector Commission, the Agency for Clinical Innovation (NSW Ministry of Health) and the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Duncan Rintoul is the Director of Rooftop Social, a research and evaluation firm that specialises in facilitation and capacity building. Duncan has close to 20 years’ consulting experience across a broad range of policy areas, including education, justice, human services, health and urban affairs. He works with a diverse mix of government agencies and NGOs and teaches in executive education programs for the Australian Evaluation Society (AES) and the Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMSRS). Between 2015-19, Duncan initiated and led a major evaluation capacity building project in the NSW Department of Education.

Learn more about the course and enrol here.

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