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A practical field guide and research tools for use by Aboriginal research practitioners in Australia

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Practice Tool

This is a practical guide to participatory and other research tools for Aboriginal research practitioners. It was developed by a network of Aboriginal Research Practitioners in the Top End who want to use participatory tools that enable participants to better understand why and what is being done.

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Clear Horizon – Resources

Evaluation, Practice Tool

Clear Horizon offers a range of tools and resources specific to monitoring and evaluation to measure the impact and achievement of project outcomes. These include the Most Significant Change Technique and Collaborative Outcomes Reporting.

Evaluators may come across situations where they have to work in a cultural context other than of their own. Culturally competent evaluators not only respect the cultures represented in the evaluation but recognize their own ‘culturally based assumptions’; take into account the ‘differing world view of evaluation stakeholders and target communities’ and select culturally appropriate evaluation options and strategies.

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DHHS Centre for Evaluation and Research – Evaluation Guide

Evaluation, Practice Tool

This guide from the Department of Health and Human Services (2017) is designed to support staff in the planning and commissioning of an evaluation. It is suitable for anyone responsible for program development, implementation or evaluation.

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Education Endowment Foundation – Teaching and Learning Toolkit

Education, Practice Tool

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is an independent charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement. This resource features evidence summaries, tools, projects and case studies.

Healthy beginnings: Applying all our health

Safety and wellbeing, Practice Tool

Public Health England (PHE) has updated their Healthy beginnings guidance sheet to include the most up to date research about neurological development, including the impact of stress and anxiety in pregnancy, and the importance of bonding and attachment. It provides snapshots of information about important periods such as pregnancy and the early weeks of life, as well as examples of good practice in service delivery.

Helping young children who have experienced trauma: Policies and strategies for early care and education

Education, Youth Justice, Early years, Mental Health, Safety and wellbeing, Practice Tool

This National Centre for Children in Poverty (NCCP) paper presents an overview of early childhood trauma, the impact it has on young children and brain development and promising strategies for trauma-informed care in early care and education. Along with high quality programming, strong policy is crucial to meeting the emotional and early learning needs of children who have experienced trauma. The NCCP makes a series of recommendations to better support access to quality, trauma-informed early care and education.

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Implementation Stages Action Plan

Practice Tool

This action plan from the National Implementation and Research Institute provides a handy way to identify the next steps in implementing your program.

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Implementing evidence-informed practice: a practical toolkit

Mental Health, Practice Tool

This toolkit by the Ontario Centre for Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health provides a comprehensive framework and tools to kick start the implementation process.

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Implementing Evidence-Informed Practice: A Practical Toolkit

Practice Tool, Evidence Informed Practice

This toolkit contains practical insight, strategies and resources for the planning phase of implementation. It couples theory and research findings with practical strategies and real-life experiences from the field that may be relevant to your organization.

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Key Factors For Implementation

Practice Tool

This tool by the Ontario Centre for Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health helps to comprehensively assess both the internal and external factors that may impact implementation.

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Life Changes Trust Evaluation Toolkit

Evaluation, Practice Tool

The Life Changes Trust Evaluation Toolkit provides a range of resources across the journey to better outcomes including creating a theory of change and program logic, designing an evaluation and methods for collecting data.

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National Implementation Research Network – Active Implementation Hub

Practice Tool

The National Implementation Research Network offers a variety of tools, publications and information on implementation science including e-learning modules and downloadable checklists to aid the implementation process.

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NHRMC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) – Updated 2018

Safety and wellbeing, Evaluation, Practice Tool

High quality data can help us understand if we are on track, and if clients are benefiting as they would like to. If you are responsible for collecting data for evaluation there is lots to consider, including respecting client confidentiality, being cautious of potential power imbalances and accommodating for diverse literacy levels. Ensuring that methods and tools are fit for purpose and our processes are ethical is essential. Become familiar with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) – Updated 2018.

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OPEN Tool: Reflect and Review Guiding Questions

Practice Tool, Reflect and Review

This OPEN Tool provides some key questions to support the Reflect and Review process. In order to make high-quality decisions it is important to systematically reflect on, and review data, practice and client feedback to adapt and enhance your approach.

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OPEN Webinar Series – How to Evaluate Outcomes

Practice Tool, Webinar

This webinar examined the role of evaluation questions in framing outcomes measurement, data collection methods, analysis, synthesis, rubrics as well as how to report on outcomes using dashboards.

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OPEN Webinar Series – How to Evaluate Outcomes (Slides)

Evaluation, Practice Tool, Webinar

This webinar examined the role of evaluation questions in framing outcomes measurement, data collection methods, analysis, synthesis, rubrics as well as how to report on outcomes using dashboards.

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OPEN Webinar Series – How to Measure Outcomes

Practice Tool, Webinar

This webinar explored how we measure outcomes providing tips on how to select indicators and targets and how to identify different methods to collect data.

OPEN Webinar Series – How to Measure Outcomes (Slides)

Practice Tool, Webinar

This webinar explored how we measure outcomes providing tips on how to select indicators and targets and how to identify different methods to collect data.

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OPEN Webinar Series – Reflecting and Learning from Evaluation Findings

Evaluation, Practice Tool, Webinar, Reflect and Review

The final webinar for this series discussed the role of evaluative thinking – what happened, so what, now what – in learning and reflection and how to reflect on and apply learning through workshops, feedback loops and sprints.

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OPEN Webinar Series – Reflecting and Learning from Evaluation Findings (Slides)

Evaluation, Practice Tool, Webinar, Reflect and Review

The final webinar for this series discussed the role of evaluative thinking – what happened, so what, now what – in learning and reflection and how to reflect on and apply learning through workshops, feedback loops and sprints.

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Organisational Readiness for Implementation – Checklist

Practice Tool

An assessment tool developed by Melanie Barwick from the University of Toronto to identify organisational readiness for implementation.

Outcomes Rating Scale (ORS) and Session Rating Scales (SRS)

Evaluation, Practice Tool

Developed by Scott Miller PhD, psychologist and co-founder of the International Center for Clinical Excellence and the Institute for the Study of Therapeutic Change, The Outcome Rating Scale (ORS) and Session Rating Scale (SRS) are brief measures for tracking client functioning and the quality of the therapeutic alliance. Each instrument takes less than a minute for clients to complete and for clinicians to score and interpret. Versions of the scales are available for adults, children, adolescents in 18 different languages.

Access a range of facilitation tools, journey mapping tools, role playing tips and techniques, voting systems and more, to better manage co-design processes with multiple stakeholders. Created by Iriss and used in Pilotlight, these tools will be relevant to lots of different organisations and situations.

Policy brief: Using evidence in policy and programs

Practice Tool

The Centre for Community Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital has published a policy brief highlighting the merit in taking an evidence-informed, rather than evidence-based approach to policy and program implementation. The evidence-informed approach is a holistic one that moves beyond picking out an intervention from a list of ‘proven’ interventions. It considers all the contributing factors, including desired outcomes, the circumstances in which the intervention is implemented and the values and preferences of those involved. The brief includes a nine-step evidence-informed decision-making framework that can facilitate evidence informed service delivery.

Preventing adolescent relationship abuse and promoting healthy relationships

Mental Health, Safety and wellbeing, Practice Tool

This paper from the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse looks at the issue of violence and abuse in adolescent relationships. Psychological and emotional abuse are shown to be the most common forms of violence among this demographic. School and community based violence prevention programs have an important role to play in supporting young people to build healthy relationships. The report suggests that school curricula and community prevention models need to work alongside one another to create change in relation to violent behaviour in adolescent relationships.

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Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)

Education, Mental Health, Practice Tool

The SDQ is a well validated and population-normed instrument which assesses in respect of emotional problems, peer problems, conduct problems, hyperactivity, and prosocial behaviour. Learn more about the SDQ...

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The Problem Solver’s Toolkit

Practice Tool

This toolkit from the Red Cross provides a series of best practice tools for use in designing a range of products, services and experiences. The tools are evidence based and can be used at any stage in the journey to better outcomes.

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The Problem Solver’s Toolkit Poster

Evaluation, Practice Tool

This poster is a handy print-out for your office or desk for reference when designing a new approach, helping to make sure you don't miss out on any key design ingredients!

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UNICEF Toolkit: Useful Tools for Engaging Young People in Participatory Evaluation

Evaluation, Practice Tool, Young People

UNICEF developed this toolkit in 2005 to increase young people's participation in evaluation of projects in Europe and Central Asia. There are a number of evaluation tools/methods with ethical and practical guidelines to engage children and young people. There are also a number of energizers and ice-breakers to facilitate group sessions with children and young people where they can safely voice their opinions. Each tool and activity has a detailed set of instructions to guide the facilitator through the process.

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Youth Leading Community Change: An Evaluation Toolkit

Evaluation, Practice Tool, Young People

This practical toolkit is designed to engage young people to evaluate and measure the impact of youth projects. It has been developed by Evaluation Access using resources and activities from Girl Scouts of the United States of America, the National 4-H Council, and the National FFA Organization. There are a number of creative activities and handouts to support young people to plan, develop, and implement community projects.

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Youth-Adult Partnership in Evaluation: A Resource Guide For Translating Research Into Practice

Evaluation, Practice Tool, Young People

This guide has a series of “tip sheets” that identify practical ways to conduct a youth-adult partnership evaluation project. The tip sheets talk about various “leverage points” or those key processes and moments in implementation that can influence the outcomes of projects. It also provides tips on creating a culture of evaluation in an organisation, developing the right evaluation questions and practical and youth-friendly data collection/analysis strategies.