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Evaluation Strategy

Every day, we use evaluative thinking to inform our decisions and to help us understand what is working, what isn't and why.

Evaluation plays an important role in the design and implementation of the department's initiatives. It helps us know if our investments and actions are targeted at delivering and improving the outcomes for our clients. Evaluations consider:

Evaluation is a core part of the continuous performance improvement cycle in the Performance Improvement and Accountability Framework and done well enables us to learn and improve.

The department's Evaluation Strategy: Building better evidence Adobe PDF document guides how we develop and conduct well-designed, quality evaluations using three key elements:

  1. Creating Standards of Evidence - Evaluations help the department build its evidence. The Standards of Evidence provide us with a consistent approach to assess the evidence we use and generate, and in turn inform how evaluations are designed and implemented
  2. Building capability - Investing in staff professional development encourages a culture of evaluative thinking, critical reflection and the identification of opportunities to improve. We continue to build on this foundation with improved tools and evaluation network
  3. Leading evaluations - Strategic evaluations are carried out in phases with formal governance groups to provide assurance on the quality and credibility of the evaluation and detailed advice and technical support. An overarching whole-of-department governance body - the Research and Evaluation Working Group - provides strategic oversight across all strategic evaluations.

Evaluation findings

The department publishes the findings of strategic evaluations to promote transparency, accountability and improve our services.

Early childhood education and care


Training and skills

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Corporate services

If you are a DET employee, further information including evaluation planning and reporting templates and advice can be found on OnePortal.

The Queensland Government Program Evaluation Guidelines clarify expectations for the evaluation of public sector programs, interventions, initiatives, services or trials in Queensland.

If you require further information or assistance about evaluation in the department, please contact:

Strategy and Performance
Level 20 Education House, 30 Mary Street, Brisbane
PO Box 15033, City East, QLD 4002
Telephone:(07) 3513 6911
Fax: (07) 3513 6935

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