The NSW Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE) has released the findings of ARTD's analysis of the 2011 Cross-sectoral Impact Survey (CSIS). This survey captured responses from 662 of the 936 NSW schools participating in a Smarter School National Partnership (SSNP). In total, 4,376 individuals completed a survey: 393 principals, 1,331 executives and 2,652 teachers. This is the first of a wave of surveys being administered every year up to 2017.
The 2011 CSIS provides a snapshot of the extent of change in key education practices achieved in Smarter Schools National Partnership schools by September 2011. The CSIS documents the extent of reform at the individual staff member, school and system level and the sustainability of the reforms, through each round of surveys. The information being collected is both relative and retrospective—the survey asks respondents to compare education practices in schools and classrooms prior to participating in the SSNP with where they are now. This allows the survey to account for different subjective starting points and to ask about the added value of being involved in an SSNP.
ARTD is currently finalising the report on the findings of 2012 CSIS and preparing to administer the 2013 survey.
Housing NSW has published the report from ARTD’s evaluation of four long-term housing and support projects funded under the NSW Homelessness Action Plan (HAP), which set the direction for state-wide reform of the homelessness service system to achieve better outcomes for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. ARTD’s evaluation focused on processes outcomes achieved for the service system through four different project models. The project included a literature review on the supportive housing model, online surveys of project stakeholders, site visits to collect in-depth data, analysis of monitoring and administrative data and a cost-effectiveness analysis. The evaluations are to inform future homelessness planning.