As the peak body representing non-state schools, Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) were keen to improve the impact of their programs and services using program evaluation. Their team of education professionals needed a concise, engaging training session that was closely tailored to their work and took into account their existing high level of education expertise.
Renée designed the training session to be largely participant-led, with ample time for discussion and idea generation. This approach allowed ISQ staff to discuss the evaluation concepts presented, contextualise the concepts to their own work environment, and work through any potential issues with implementing evaluation.
Renée supported participants to work through a program logic process based on a real-life example from their working environment. This helped staff to crystallise the concepts learnt earlier in the session and consider how the process applied to their current and future programs and services.ISQ staff provided very positive feedback at the end of the session. Staff members are now applying the evaluation tools learnt in a variety of ways, e.g. considering Key Evaluation Questions when developing assessment tools for measuring school performance.
"The evaluation training was very clear and practical." "Well structured." "Modelled the process, not just the theory.""Relevant to our work."
- ISQ training participants
Participants working through a program logic based on a real-life project from their work environment.
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