Evidence for Policy Making Masterclass

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28th Jun 2022


LIVE Webinar (Half Day)

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Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane  (GMT+10): 9am to 1pm

Adelaide (GMT+9:30): 8.30am to 1.30pm

Perth, Singapore, Malaysia (GMT+8): 7am to 11am

New Zealand (GMT+12): 11am to 3pm




Governments have always been expected to use evidence to inform policy positions. The COVID-19 pandemic has created intense challenges for government decision-makers and shone a light on the use of evidence in government decision-making.  It is expected now more than ever that policy-makers will have a firm understanding of how evidence should be deployed to understand policy problems, analyse their underlying causes, and build the case for possible policy solutions.

Policy and project professionals must navigate internal and external data sources including administrative data, publicly available datasets, research findings and evaluations to decide how to respond to a range of increasingly complex challenges.  Policy-makers have a huge range of qualitative and quantitative evidence sources that they are able to access or commission. They must decide what evidence sources they will source, prioritise and utilise to inform their work.

This half day masterclass will explore the types of evidence available to policy-makers and how policy-makers they can improve the generation, synthesis and translation of evidence for senior decision-makers.  The session brings together insights from the fields of evidence-based policy, decision science and collective intelligence to support policy professionals to build their evidence toolkit.

Learning Objectives

  • Consider the range of qualitative and quantitative evidence sources available for policy making
  • Explore the markers of evidence quality and utility
  • Learn about newer evidence sources like linked data and rapid evaluation
  • Consider case studies of leading practice examples of evidence for policy.
  • Reflect on your own professional context to identify your data needs
  • Identify how different forms of evidence are valued
  • Explore options to improve data utilisation
  • Build a plan to translate course content into practice

Featuring Our Speakers

Eleanor Williams

Executive Director

Strategy & Policy, Mental Health and Wellbeing Division 

Department of Health

Eleanor Williams is a public policy and evaluation professional with over 15 years’ experience working with the public sector. Eleanor is currently the Executive Director of Policy and Strategy at the Victorian Department of Health. She previously held executive level roles in the Department of Health’s Covid-19 Directions Policy Unit and Centre for Evaluation and Research Evidence.

Eleanor holds Masters level qualifications in Evaluation, Public Policy and Management and has guest lectured for the University of Melbourne.   Eleanor co-founded the Australian Public Sector Evaluation Network and is a Board member of the Australian Evaluation Society.

Who should attend?

Government policy and project professionals interested in extending their understanding of evidence sources for policy and how they can be best utilised.

Topics Covered

  • Evidence based policy
  • Decision science and evidence accessibility
  • Reflective practice