Independent, evidence-based policy and program evaluation

Our Evaluate program is designed to help decision makers understand the value, impact and outcome of their policies and programs.

If your role is in policy making or designing and delivering programs and services, we can help you address real-world problems in real time.

The Sax Institute’s role as a neutral, non-profit broker between research and policy means we bring a uniquely independent perspective to conducting evaluations. We combine academic rigour with an understanding of policy timeframes, demands and complexities.

We wanted an independent eye on what we were implementing. I felt like they clearly understood what our needs were, contributed ideas, and helped us clarify what we wanted to do.” — Youth Health and Wellbeing Team, NSW Health

Specialising in complex policy and program evaluation

Evaluate has a particular focus on exploring how innovative ideas can be adapted and applied. We will assist you in answering complex evaluation questions and offer policy-relevant insights that help you respond strategically to your evaluation findings.

Our services

  • Evaluation planning
  • Conducting evaluations
  • Training & capacity building
  • Addressing ‘what’s next’ to help you optimise what you’ve learned
  • Adding value by connecting you to Sax Institute’s policy-relevant research cohorts, data linkage capability and expertise

Led by evaluation expert Professor Don Nutbeam

The Evaluate program is led by Professor Don Nutbeam, a recognised international leader in evaluation who has made a major contribution to public health in both Australia and the UK. He has significant leadership experience in both the academic and policy sectors. Don leads a team of experts who are adept at working with decision makers across government and non-government agencies.

Translational research

In 2016, we developed a framework for the NSW Translational Research Grants Scheme, a new initiative of the NSW Ministry of Health, which aims to harness research capacity in the NSW health system to improve patient outcomes. Our framework helps grant applicants shape their application by demonstrating that a health policy, program or service works and identifying how to scale up innovations for greatest impact.

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