Date and time: Tuesday 27th April 2021. 12.15 - 2.00pm AEST
Topic: Embedding APS Evaluation Reform: Effective Implementation and Institutionalisation
Presenter: Dr Peter Graves
Venue: KPMG, 1 Constitution Avenue, Canberra ACT 2600 - note that the venue has a maximum capacity of 20. Room details will be emailed to registrants closer to seminar date.
Register online by: 
noon on Thursday 22nd April

This is a free seminar organised by the Canberra Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our regular events provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in the evaluation community and to share and learn from the experiences of fellow evaluators. 

Seminar overview

The seminar is presented within the context of the cycles of APS Management Reform (1983-2019). In particular, the Government's response to the Independent Review of the APS, led by Mr David Thodey AO, to help provide a long-term roadmap for ensuring the APS is fit-for-purpose for today and for coming decades. The government response states that getting delivery right is important. Amongst other government commitments, to ‘get delivery right we will…keep focused on what works – building the capability of the APS to evaluate how policies and programs are going and embedding evaluation into everyday practice of the APS’.[1]

This seminar examines the differences between ‘implementing’ and ‘embedding’ evaluation in the APS. It draws upon the rise and demise of program evaluation during the ‘Managing for Results’ era between 1983 and 1997 and places lessons learnt in the context of the Prime Minister’s 2019 direction to embed evaluation in the APS. It focusses on the extended time needed to achieve permanent change from reform.

The seminar draws upon recent research into the APS management reform cycle, published in the Evaluation Journal of Australasia (EJA) Volume 20 Issue 4, December 2020, pages 229–243, as ‘Evaluation in the Australian Public Service: Formerly practised – Not yet embedded’.

[1] Commonwealth of Australia (2019) Delivering for Australians A world-class Australian Public Service: The Government’s APS reform agenda. p. 11

Presenter background

Peter had over thirty years’ experience at the executive levels in the Departments of Customs, Industry and Health, with policy contributions at the Finance Department and Public Service Commission.

He has been a member of the AES since 2007 and the IPAA since 1993. He assisted in writing the Society’s submissions to the 2017 Review of the Implementation of the PGPA Act and the 2019 Review of the APS. His PhD researched the differences between implementing and embedding APS management reform.


The seminar will also be available via Zoom (not MS Teams as previously advertised). If you prefer to attend via Zoom then please register here.

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