Topic: Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation
Date and time:
 Friday 24 March 2023, 9.00am to 4:30pm AWST Check your time zone here:
In-person IPAA WA will advise details. For queries contact
Presenter: Rick Cummings
Register online by: COB on 20 March. Spaces limited to 20 participants
Fees: Members $260, Non-members $425, Organisational member staff $375, Student member $125, Student non-member $210* 
* Students must send proof of their full-time student status to

This workshop is offered in partnership with Institute for Public Administration Australia WA (IPAA WA). IPAA WA members please register here.

Workshop Overview

Many people fear evaluation because they think it’s all about being judged. But when done well evaluation provides useful feedback to aid in decision-making and improves projects, ultimately leading to positive social change. This 1 day workshop introduces participants to basic concepts related to evaluating projects and programs. The workshop is designed to de-mystify the evaluation process exploring such topics as: fit for purpose evaluation processes and approaches; interpreting data and producing findings; engaging with stakeholders; the nature and use of evaluation; ethics in evaluation; and key issues and trends in the field of evaluation. Participants will be equipped to develop the right evaluation strategy to suit an organisations program needs, within budget and to satisfy information and reporting needs.

Workshop Outcomes

By the end of this course attendees should have an understanding of:

  • The key monitoring and evaluation concepts
  • The steps in monitoring and evaluation planning
  • Engagement with stakeholders
  • Interpretation and presenting findings
  • Ethics to consider in evaluation

Benefits to your organisation

  • Understand how monitoring and evaluation contributes to continuous improvement
  • Understand how program logic is used to clarify outputs and outcomes

Benefits to you

  • Understand key monitoring and evaluation concepts and terminology including how monitoring and evaluation fits with the program cycle
  • Understand the role of key evaluation questions
  • Understand what is included in a monitoring and evaluation plan

About Rick Cummings

Rick Cummings is an Emeritus Professor in the Sir Walter Murdoch Graduate School of Public Policy and International Affairs at Murdoch University. Rick has over 30 years experience leading program and policy evaluations, conducting workshops in evaluation theory and practice, and currently teaches public policy research and evaluation at the Sir Walter Murdoch Graduate School. Rick is a past President of the Australian Evaluation Society and was made a Fellow of the Society in 2013. 


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