All Aboard – getting buy in at every level for effective evaluation
drummond street services has a strong research focused staff culture and has achieved it’s own research unit, (Centre for Research and Evaluation) working with Deakin University. As community agencies get better and better at measuring what they do and research agendas move up the list of priorities, the outcomes look great for the future of evaluation practice in the family support sector. However in reality it can be challenging to get staff on board to collect data, offer pre/post questionnaires and run focus groups. There are a number of common major barriers to promoting and delivering true evidence based practise in family service organisations. Some workers claim “not to be interested in evaluation”, some feel they can’t easily apply the tools to their CALD communities and others are intimidated by the whole idea. This fun workshop explores these barriers to sound evaluation practice and generates some practical creative solutions to ensure the people who make up your agency are committed and skilled up to create measurable outcomes long term.
The session includes challenging small group activities, some non-threatening role plays with facilitator and a chance to leave with a simple action plan to bring people on board.