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Thursday, September 20 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Enhanced Commonwealth Performance Framework - the opportunity for the Australian evaluation community

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David Morton (Department of Finance), Brad Cook (Department of Finance)

The Australia Parliament - through the Joint Committee on Public Accounts (JCPAA) -  has encouraged the Department of Finance (Finance) and others to support capacity-building to further implement the enhanced Commonwealth performance framework. Evaluators have a key role. They will need to be clear about what they have offer, and how they can help deliver better performance information to government, the Parliament and public more broadly. They will need to be willing to adapt what evaluators do and know today, and participate in developing the flexible approaches needed in the future. The performance frameworks calls for approaches that deliver performance information that simultaneously supports  accountability to the taxpaying public and everyday operational decisions.  We encourage the Australian evaluation community to reflect on  what it has to offer and how it can work with others to shape the evolution the of the performance framework. 

The performance framework commenced on 1 July 2015. It succeeds if it enables the Australian Parliament and public to understand the benefits of Commonwealth activity. The framework encourages entities and companies to move past over-reliance on input and output-based performance measures. There is a clear role for evaluators to contribute to this important adjustment. Opportunities lie in helping a larger cross-section of the Commonwealth public sector understand and use the evaluators' toolbox - for example, program theory and qualitative analysis - to improve the quality of published performance information available to stakeholders. The evaluation community has the opportunity to be at the centre of key expertise, and to make a critical contribution to building the capability of 'performance professionals' across the public sector.

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John Stoney

AES Board
I've been an AES Board Member since 2016 and currently Chair the Advocacy and Alliances Committee (AAC), which supports the Influence portfolio of the 2016-19 AES Strategic Plan. At this years Conference the AAC is engaging with members to inform development of an AES Advocacy and... Read More →

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Lyn Alderman

Chief Evaluator, Department of Social Services
Dr Lyn Alderman brings a wealth of expertise to her role as Chief Evaluator. Lyn’s experience spans several sectors including nonprofit, corporate, higher education and vocational education. She has a deep disciplinary knowledge and experience in program evaluation, evaluation frameworks... Read More →
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Brad Cook

Assistant Secretary - Public Governance, Performance and Accountability, Department of Finance
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David Morton

Assistant Director, Department of Finance
David is a an Assistant Director in the Department of Finance. From September 2014 to May 2018 he worked in various teams responsible for establishing the enhanced Commonwealth performance framework under the PGPA Act. David’s contribution included drafting guidance on developing... Read More →
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David Roberts

Principal Consultant, RobertsBrown
David Roberts is a self-employed consultant with wide experience over 35 years in evaluations using both qualitative and quantitative methods. David has training and experience in Anthropology, Evaluation and Community Development. In 2016, David was awarded the Ros Hurworth Prize... Read More →
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David Turvey

General Manager, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
David Turvey is the General Manager of the Insights and Evaluation Branch within the Economic and Analytical Services Division of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. David oversees the Divisions research and analytical work on the drivers of firm performance and the... Read More →

Thursday September 20, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm AEST
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