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.

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.

Study Design

The following power point presentation was developed by Dr. Svetlana Yampolskaya at the University of South Florida. It provides a general overview of different types of study design with advantages and disadvantages of each identified.

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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