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Reflective tool : Planning and evaluation

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Understanding

Appropriate review, evaluation and planning enable integrated service delivery through continuous improvement within and across organisations.

Examples may include:

Planning and evaluation support organisations to identify and use evidence-based programs and tools. This evidence-based practice allows organisations to demonstrate the effectiveness (or otherwise) of programs and integrated service delivery approaches, and identify outcomes for children and families.

Starting to think

In your environment, does evaluation and planning enable integration?

Reflecting

The questions below will explore how planning and evaluation enables the service delivery elements of the model.

Are universal and targeted services contributing to provision of a holistic service? Read example showhide

At the Browns Plains Early Years Centre, child health nurses work alongside early childhood educators. When the mothers come to the clinic for their babies' health checks, they are able to speak to one of the educators, giving them the opportunity to raise concerns, gain advice and learn about other programs on offer at the centre. They are encouraged to join the 'Chitty Chat' program, which provides a contact point for families to talk to staff, meet other parents and access the centre's books and toys.

Is there a multidisciplinary approach to planning services?

How is research evidence used in developing and implementing integrated service delivery approaches? Read example showhide

At Browns Plains Early Years Centre staff strive to ensure services are responsive to local needs. They seek feedback from families and importantly use their local Australian Early Development Index data to enhance their understanding of the needs of the children in their catchment area.

Are partnership arrangements and the integrated service delivery approach evaluated regularly and revised as required?

Is local information and data reviewed to ensure there are multiple access points that reach out to the community? To better understand the community? For example, are some communities more likely to participate if you take the service to them?

How do you ensure planning is inclusive?

Do you review the cultural competence of staff and partners?

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This page was last reviewed on 20 Aug 2013

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