Conducting Program Evaluations

Website links and resources to support designing and conducting program evaluations.

The Prime Provider Model

The University of Melbourne in partnership with the Brotherhood of St Laurence is developing a research program that aims to critically examine ‘prime’ or ‘lead’ provider models of public service delivery. This is an approach where government contracts with a lead or prime provider which in turn takes responsibility for organising and managing service delivery through a group of subcontractors or providers who are specialised and/or local suppliers. This discussion paper forms part of the initial exploration and provides an overview of the factors driving the adoption of prime provider models, the current approaches that have been observed in Australia and overseas and a brief analysis of the perceived benefits and challenges.

HIPPY USA LEAP Evaluation Report 1

The HIPPY USA LEAP program has articulated a mission that focuses on improving service delivery through helping home visitors reach their education and career goals. The program provides training, goal development materials, and supports through program Coordinators and the LEAP website. It is informed by a process evaluation and tracking of entries into a HIPPY USA database. The program is being developed by a HIPPY USA Training Manager in collaboration with a Professional Development Specialist and steering committee made up of program coordinators. The program is currently being piloted at five HIPPY sites around the country, and will soon expand to include additional sites with up to 100 home visitors.

This initial report provides a draft theory of change for the HIPPY LEAP program based on documents, steering committee meeting notes, and information gathered from the HIPPY USA website.


A Framework for Program Evaluation: A Gateway to Tool

A Framework for Program Evaluation: A Gateway to Tool. For more information, please Click Here. 

Early Childhood Program Evaluations: A Decision-Maker’s Guide

This clear, concise guide from the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs helps prepare decision-makers to be better consumers of evaluation information by posing five key questions that address both the substance and the practical utility of rigorous evaluation research.

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Additional Resources

Other organizations with research recommendations and recommendations on early childhood practice and policy include:

Bibliography of HIPPY Research and Evaluation studies

Abstracts of published HIPPY research articles are available on the Published HIPPY Studies page. Downloadable PDF files of the full articles are available to registered members. If you would like to become a member, please complete the Registration Form:


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