Links to Australian evaluation resources
Project Planning and Evaluation Wizard
The Project Planning and Evaluation Wizard (PEW) is a software tool designed to assist project officers working on primary health care and health promotion projects to develop: a case for their projects; project plans and evaluation plans; and project reports.
International resources on project evaluation
Free Resources for Program Evaluation and Social Research Methods
This page lists resources for methods in evaluation and social research. The focus is on "how-to" do evaluation research and the methods used: surveys, focus groups, sampling, interviews, and other methods. Most of these links are to resources that can be read over the web.
Evaluating comprehensive community change
A report from a research and evaluation conference on measuring comprehensive community change.
Taking Stock: A Practical Guide to Evaluating Your Own Programs
A practical guide to program evaluation written for community-based organisations providing information that can put to immediate use to help improve programs. This manual focuses on internal evaluation. The information in this manual should better prepare program staff to design and carry out a program evaluation.
Early Childhood Programs and Evaluation
This issue of The Evaluation Exchange published by the Harvard Family Research Project charts the course of early childhood programming and evaluation over nearly half a century. Contributing authors offer a range of views on how best to communicate the importance of investing in a child's early years and how to improve early childhood programs and policies.
Action research resources
Wadsworth, Y. (1998) What is Participatory Action Research?, Action Research International, Paper 2. www.scu.edu.au/schools/gcm/ar/ari/p-ywadsworth98.html
Wadsworth, Y. (1997) Do it Yourself Social Research, Allen and Unwin, Sydney.
Wadsworth, Y. (1997) Everyday Evaluation on the Run, Allen and Unwin, Sydney.
Reason, P. & Bradbury, H. (2001) Handbook of Action Research: participative inquiry and practice, Sage, London.
The Asset-Based Community Development Institute
The ABCD Institute spreads its findings on capacity-building community development in two ways: (1) through extensive and substantial interactions with community builders, and (2) by producing practical resources and tools for community builders to identify, nurture, and mobilise neighbourhood assets.
The Tool Box provides practical information to support your work in promoting community health and development, created and maintained by the Work Group on Health Promotion and Community Development at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas (USA).
Early childhood resources
Review of the Early Childhood Literature (PDF 196 KB)
The Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH), Canberra, ACT: Department of Family and Community Services, 2000
The current international debate about the importance of the early years of life for subsequent health, development and well-being in childhood, adolescence and adult life, has focused attention on the growing literature in this area. This research has the potential to impact on the way government systems deliver services to children and families. This document briefly reviews selected literature relating to the major risk and protective factors that may influence children’s developmental outcomes in the preschool years. It then reviews selected studies of the preventive and early interventions that may impact on these outcomes.
Around the Child: Working together in early childhood
Written by Sue Davies and members of the Kurrajong Early Intervention team from Kurrajong Early Intervention Service as part of the Invest to Grow Rural Beginnings Project. This book is designed to support early childhood intervention professionals, particularly those professionals operating in rural and isolated areas throughout Australia. This book will allow other professionals and services to take the information and work that Kurrajong Early Intervention Service has found to be successful and incorporate it into their own service and practice. An assessment tool is included on disc.
of Sure Start (NESS)
The evaluation will study the effectiveness of all Sure Start Programmes in England (524 programmes) and will last for 6 years. Sure Start represents a unique approach to early intervention for children 0-4, their families, and communities.
The Efficacy of Early Childhood Interventions
Report prepared for the Australian Government Department of Family and Community Services
Sarah Wise, Lisa da Silva, Elizabeth Webster and Ann Sanson
The publication reviews selected early childhood interventions and provide further information about cost-benefit evaluations in a way that is relevant to Australian policy makers. In this current review, 108 national and international interventions with published evaluation data were identified from a systematic search of relevant electronic databases, from which 32 were selected for review. In selecting these 32 programs, priority was given to programs that were well researched, or where a cost-benefit analysis had been conducted. Large-scale, well-established programs were also given priority, as were programs where the ultimate target population was the child. The 32 selected programs were classified into five clusters according to type of program, foci, location and focal child age. The adequacy of design and implementation of the programs, the evaluation methodologies as well as the effectiveness of interventions are discussed in this report.