Equity and Diversity

National HEPPP Evaluation Think Tank

Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th July, 2012

Equity practitioners from around Australia and representatives of the Department for Industry, Innovation, Research, Science and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) gathered in Melbourne to discuss options for a national Evaluation Strategy for the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP).

Developing a national approach to HEPPP evaluation

The opportunity to share current practice and discuss options for a co-ordinated approach to HEPPP evaluations was most timely.

Agenda (80 KB)

Read the Discussion paper (959 KB) 

Aims of the Think Tank

  • To present and discuss examples of evaluation frameworks and indicators that are being developed by individual universities HEPPP funded project consortia
  • To investigate how existing state and federal data sets could be used for evaluation of the HEPPP and its impact
  • To develop options for a practical and effective evaluation framework with input and support from equity practitioners and the sector more widely

Contact details for further enquiries:

Dr Nadine Zacharias

Director, Equity and Diversity Unit

Deakin University

221 Burwood Highway Burwood Victoria 3125 Australia.

Phone: +61 3 9244 3879

Mobile: +61 488 171 212

Fax: +61 3 9251 9251

Email: nadine.zacharias@deakin.edu.au

Next steps

If you are interested in HEPPP evaluation and you want to contribute to projects resulting from the think tank - Get involved.


Day 1

Setting the scene (691 KB)

Deborah Tranter, President EPHEA

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Keynote: Good practice in program evaluation (2 MB)

Dr Josephine Palermo, Deakin University

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HEPPP evaluation: existing models and approaches

Monash University

Lucie Joschoko and Catherine Burnheim, Monash University

Deakin University (2 MB)

Jennifer Oriel, Deakin University

Bridges to Higher Education Project (471 KB)

Trish Mullins and Jude Stoddart (for Sydney Basin Consortium)

University of Western Sydney and University of Technology Sydney

Widening Tertiary Education in Queensland (Schools outreach) project (173 KB)

Geoffrey Mitchell and Mary Kelly (for Queensland Consortium)

Queensland University of Technology

Talking Statistics: How to get intelligence from existing data sources (228 KB)

Claire Hourigan, University of Queensland

Current knowledge, possibilities, challenges

Emerging consensus

  1. What should be done collectively?
  2. Mixed methods with focus on What Works?
  3. Communication strategy
  4. Partnership activities for collaborative evaluation projects
  5. Whole of program approach
  6. Access to Federal and State data

Day 2

The role of the Department for Industry, Innovation, Research, Science and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) in evaluating the HEPPP

Craig Ritchie, DIISRTE

Towards a National approach on HEPPP evaluation: agreement on what we want to happen

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Day 2 Outcomes

6 Emerging themes  (coming soon)

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