Program Evaluations

Dementia Initiative: National Evaluation for the Australian Government

Client Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA)
Project Requirement The overall objective of the National Evaluation was to provide information to DoHA and other stakeholders that enabled them to assess:
1. What effect the Dementia Initiative had people with dementia and their carers
2. What added value was provided to current dementia care in Australia as a result of the activities funded by the Dementia Initiative
Why did they choose AACS? AACS staff had many years experience working directly with people with dementia, conducting clinical research projects, co-authoring academic publications on dementia care matters, designing a national data set for Alzheimer’s Australia support programs and conducting service system reviews in the aged and health care areas.
Skills Demonstrated
  • Robust evaluation design
  • Working in collaboration within the consortium
  • Systematic evaluation of programs against key performance indicators
  • Industry and consumer consultation skills
  • Working with stakeholders to develop objective outcomes
  • Dementia expertise
  • Training knowledge
  • Qualitative and statistical analysis
  • Report writing
  • Delivering a high profile project

The report was released on the 23 September 2010 by the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, the Hon Mark Butler MP.

Nurse Practitioner – Aged Care Models of Practice Program national evaluation

Client The University of Canberra, The Australian National University and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Project Requirement Nurse Practitioner – Aged Care Models of Practice Program’ national evaluation of over 30 pilot projects nationwide to identify ‘best practice’ in the delivery of primary health care to aged care residents, under a Department of Health and Ageing funded project. AACS was subcontracted to assist with the development of the data needs of the project including the collection and analysis of the information, and modification of an existing AACS web based client management system for the collection of patient and consultation data.
Why did they choose AACS? AACS has demonstrated expertise in developing data collection requirements and software applications to make the evaluation process seamless. The evaluation receives the data it needs as an output from the ongoing activities of the sites and Nurse Practitioners.
Skills Demonstrated
  • Data strategy development
  • Data items
  • Workflow analysis
  • Software application development
  • Data extracts and reports
  • Helpdesk services

National Evaluation of the Carers Education and Workers Training Project (CEWT)

Client Alzheimer’s Australia
Project Requirement The Carer Education Workforce Training Project (CEWT) was a joint initiative of Alzheimer’s Australia and the Carers Association. As funding was provided by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA), an independent evaluation of the program to determine its effectiveness and recommendations on future development options was required.
Why did they choose AACS? AACS is experienced at conducting health care program evaluations and had content matter expertise in the areas of dementia care, carer support and education program development. It is also respected within the industry for conducting independent reviews in the aged care sector.
Skills Demonstrated
  • Evaluation design
  • Questionnaire design
  • Minimum data set development
  • Data collation, qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Workshop development


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