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  • 6 Apr. Great to see the ABS, government departments and other agencies opening up datasets to inform public policy development, program evaluation and community analysis. Good evidence improves decision-making and outcomes for everyone.

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Literacy Strategy 2014-2024
Department of Education and Training

The Department of Education and Training’s (DET) 2013-2017 Strategic Plan commits to achieving large gains in literacy performance across all life stages by developing a portfolio-wide Literacy Strategy. The Literacy Strategy 2014-2024 is designed for an internal audience of central office and regional staff and complements existing Departmental activity.

I & J Management Services was engaged by the Department to develop an Evaluation Framework to complement the Literacy Strategy. The Evaluation Framework sets the parameters for evaluation of the Literacy Strategy that will measure key process, output and impact indicators across the short, medium and long term to identify the extent to which actions in the strategy are working well and contributing to meeting the Strategy’s identified goals.

Early Years’ Literacy Quality Indicators
State Library of Victoria and Public Libraries Victoria Network

I & J Management Services worked with Victoria’s public library sector to develop a consistent approach to assessing the scope and quality of early years’ literacy collections and activities conducted by public libraries (e.g. Story Time, Baby Rhyme Time). The Quality Indicators provided an audit checklist, benchmarked standards and guidance for libraries in defining, planning, resourcing, developing, delivering, partnering and evaluating their early years’ literacy programs.


Evaluation Frameworks
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

2007 to 2010

As an associate with Atelier Learning Solutions, I & J Management Services worked with a number of DEEWR branches to develop robust outcome-focused evaluation frameworks which were used as the basis for dialogue on performance and outcomes by central agencies, commonwealth and state government departments, program providers (e.g. youth services, careers advice, indigenous education) and clients. Through a process targeting the vision of success for each program, practical performance measures were developed and implemented through funding agreements.


KnowledgeBank: Next Generation
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

In 2008 I & J Management Services developed an evaluation strategy and performance measurement framework for the Department's KnowledgeBank activities. Over the following four years the Department used a simple evaluation tool documented in the framework to capture data from teachers participating in technology trials in schools (e.g. trialling the use of blogs and wikis, videoconferencing, gaming, streaming media). I & J Management Services analysed the data for the Department and provided valuable insights on factors which enable technology to be effectively adopted by teachers and integrated into the curriculum to increase student attitudes to and engagement in learning, and through this improve student achievement. Technology trials used the tool as an integral part of their evaluation approach.


Australian Government Quality Teacher Programme Performance Reporting Framework
Department of Education, Science and Training

The AGQTP was a national program funded by the Commonwealth Government to enable Catholic, Independent and Government state and territory education authorities to provide targeted professional learning to teachers in priority areas. I & J Management Services, with the support of Atelier Learning Solutions, and through consultation with state and territory education representatives, produced a performance reporting framework and accompanying manual that provided detailed guidance on how to systematically measure the impact of professional learning on teachers’ knowledge and skills, teaching practice, contribution to whole school improvement, and role in building connections with the wider school community. Incorporating advice on evaluation survey design and administration, the manual and the performance measures contained in it were used by all state and territory education authorities from 2006 to 2012 to report on their AGQTP activities, as well as being used by some authorities to monitor the impact of other non-AGQTP funded teacher professional learning activity.


Comparative Performance Monitoring Reports
Department of Employment and Workplace Relations
2001 to 2004

Through Bryan Bottomley & Associates, Ian Phillips of I & J Management Services provided specialist statistical and analytical advice on the development of two case studies in the Comparative Performance Monitoring Report series prepared for the Workplace Relations Ministers Council. The CPM reports present analysis of trends in occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation statistics. The report on the Aged Care sector was published in 2002 with a report on the Building and Construction industry published in 2004.