PiP Evaluation Workshop with A/Prof Sue Dyson 12 August 2015 notes

Following the success of Prof. Sue Dyson’s evaluation workshop in 2014, PiP invited Sue back to deliver a workshop to PiP members.

Sue heads the cultural change program at Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), Latrobe University, where she is a senior research fellow. Her work concerns the social and cultural meanings of the lived experience sexuality and gender, particularly in relation to the prevention of violence and discrimination.

Sue delivered a practical and evidence based process for strength based program evaluation, emphasising that evaluation is a reflective practice and is continuously improved. Sue went through the evaluation planning phase by (1) starting with a goal (2) setting objectives and (3) Setting indicators and measures. See Sue’s presentation ‘Doing Program Evaluation’ for more information.

Sue encouraged attendees to persevere with a logic model and let the evaluation tell the story, allowing for the program and evaluation to be the same thing.

Q. How can I measure attitudes knowing that there isn’t an explicit link between attitudes and behaviours?

A. Sue used drink driving as an example of how attitudes impacted on behaviours. As VAW is so widespread, this will take a long term commitment. Sue also discussed the use of proxy indicators to show the impact on an individual, community  and society level.

Sue referenced a series of documents that are useful for PVAW evaluation listed below:

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