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Wednesday, September 19 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Leveraging publicly available longitudinal and transactional data sources to create comparison groups in quasi-experimental and natural experimental evaluation scenarios.

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Gerard Atkinson (ARTD Consultants)

One of the challenges faced by evaluators is how to effectively determine the impacts of a program when a control group is not readily available. Sometimes the design of the program makes such groups impossible or unethical to create (e.g. mandatory or selective participation), or constraints on resources and scope make such investigations infeasible.

These challenges have led to the development of quasi-experimental and natural experimental approaches to evaluation.In parallel to the adoption of these techniques, the shift to policies of "open government" has enabled greater public access to data. Much of these data capture transformations in society over time, or provide records of how people have interacted with government and public services. In the right situations, these data can be used to augment impact evaluations through creating comparison groups for analysis.

This presentation looks at a variety of publicly available data sources, ranging from large scale longitudinal studies such as HILDA, geographic data such as the Geographic National Address File, or transactional data such as public transport journeys. These data sets can be used to enhance the robustness of quasi-experimental and natural evaluations. Through exploring example data sets and case studies, we consider the challenges of identifying and preparing such data, the privacy and ethical implications, and the value that such data can add to the evaluation process.

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Eleanor Williams

Assistant Director, Centre for Evaluation and Research, Department of Health and Human Services Victoria
In my current role as Assistant Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Research at the Department of Health and Human Services, I am working to build an evaluation culture across a large government department of over 12,000 employees. My team and I aim to improve the use of data... Read More →

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Gerard Atkinson

Director, ARTD Consultants
I am a Director with ARTD Consultants with expertise in: - program and policy evaluation - workshop and community facilitation - business analytics and data visualisation- market and social research - financial and operational modelling- non-profit, government and business strategy... Read More →

Wednesday September 19, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm AEST
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