Build the skills to help you use data to drive evidence-informed decision making
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Wednesday 17th February 2021
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Build the skills to help you use data to drive evidence-informed decision making
The ability to understand and use data is essential to driving evidence-based policy and decision making in government.

In this half-day seminar, Chief Behavioural Scientist, Dr Dirk Van Rooy and Lauren Rasche from ThinkPlace, will unpack how you can use data to answer policy questions and to evaluate policy. Covering the essential information, the seminar will provide an introduction to research designs, cover different techniques for collecting data, and will discuss measurement issues.

You will get the chance to work through practical exercises to demonstrate the use of frameworks such as the Theory of Change, which can help articulate how various options are expected to work and the strength of the evidence that underpins them.

This interactive seminar will also discuss how you can evaluate policy outcomes, determine the extent to which a policy caused or contributed to a set of outcomes, understand what a good outcome is and how to measure it. Dirk and Lauren will bring the seminar to a close by discussing practical and ethical issues when dealing with vulnerable populations.

What can I expect from this seminar?
  • Maximise your learning and your time through one in-depth session
  • Breakout room activities - put theory into practice and work through any questions
  • Networking opportunities -  Build new connections with like-minded peers in breakout sessions
  • Gain the essential knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions

Who should attend?
This seminar has been designed for public sector policy professionals looking to develop and build their data skills and capabilities, including those with responsibility for:
  • Policy
  • Programs
  • Projects
  • Research
  • Evaluation
  • Performance

  • Although the seminar touches on different topics and issues, policy professionals with an advanced understanding of using data and evidence are not recommended to attend.

    Hear what other attendees have said about recent ThinkPlace workshops:
    • “...the facilitators did a fantastic job...it’s been really great to work with you” - Clean Energy Regulator co-design workshop participant, November 2020
    • “The Discussion is getting more interesting by the second” - APSC Leading in a Digital Age participant, October 2020
    • “[the facilitators] did a great job, and I was really impressed with the way the workshop was run” - ACT Government Theory of Change workshop, June 2020

    Attend to learn:

    • An understanding of key terms related to making decisions with data
    • Knowledge of how people make decisions using data
    • Practical experience with a simple, structured process you can follow to make decisions using data
    • Knowledge of key data & analysis concepts
    • The ability to have an informed conversation with data professionals in your organisation

    Key Speakers

    Dr Dirk Van Rooy
    Chief Behavioural Scientist
    Lauren Rasche
    Business Designer