ARTD’s Indigenous cadet completes summer internship

March 2013

Natalie Ironfield recently completed a three-month cadetship with ARTD through theCareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program. Our consultants took her through the business of evaluation and research from project design to data collection and analysis.  Michael Combs, Founder and CEO, thanked ARTD for sponsoring the internship and said, ‘It is vital that we continue to break down barriers and encourage reconciliation in Australia and I believe professional employment is one key element in realising this goal.’ Natalie has now returned to the Australian National University in Canberra, where she is completing her studies in International Relations. We hope to continue our relationship with Natalie in the future and wish her well with her studies this year.

Evaluation of the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program

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March 2013

AVID places Australian volunteers with organisations in 37 countries as part of the Australian Government’s foreign aid contribution. Growing volunteer numbers and a recent restructure of the AVID program in AusAID have presented an opportune time for an evaluation, and in 2012 the Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE), AusAID, commissioned ARTD to evaluate AVID to inform future directions. The evaluation, led by Andrew Hawkins, started with a review of international peer-reviewed and grey literature, recently published on the ODEwebsite. Because the scope of the AVID program is so large, ARTD’s work focused on how the program was working in three case study countries: the Solomon Islands, Vietnam and Cambodia. Andrew, with Emily Verstege, Ofir Thaler and ODE representatives, held more than 120 interviews with host organisations, volunteers and AusAID staff during field visits to the case study countries. Other methods included analyses of all articles about AVID published in the Australian media in 2011–12, mapping volunteer assignments in the case study countries against AusAID priorities, analysis of end-of-assignment reports filled out by host organisations and volunteers, and a survey of host organisations. It also drew on a survey of returned volunteers (2006 to 2011) carried out by ORIMA Research. ARTD’s evaluation report will be finalised by June 2013.

We have started the Evaluation of the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health

March 2013

The Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) has commissioned ARTD Consultants, in partnership with the Prevention Research Collaboration, University of Sydney, to undertake this large two-and–a-half year national evaluation.  The National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health (NPAPH) is an initiative of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and the largest ever national investment in preventive health—it aims to achieve better health for all Australians. The National Evaluation of the NPAPH will be conducted in several stages from January 2013 to June 2015. The evaluation will focus on assessing the benefits of the partnership approach for delivering preventive health initiatives across the country and review evidence of the impact of the NPAPH in all jurisdictions.