MasterCraft Series - Impact Evaluation: Spotting Opportunities and Using Evidence

This is a one-hour workshop tailored to APS employees to enhance their understanding of what impact evaluation is and how it can support evidence-based policy decisions, and how to identify opportunities to conduct impact evaluations.  

We will also provide a brief overview of different impact evaluation methods, when these methods are appropriate, when might these methods be challenging or inappropriate.



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Dr Vera Newman

Dr Vera Newman is an Assistant Director in the Impact Evaluation Unit at the Australian Centre for Evaluation. She has over six years conducting impact evaluations in the private and public sector, and is dedicated to applying credible methods to public policy for generating insights that improve policy outcomes. Previously, Vera worked in the NSW Government leading a range of evaluations, and at the Behavioural Insights Team where she designed and delivered a number of impact evaluations across diverse areas of public policy. 


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Dr Ramethaa Pirathiban

Dr Ramethaa Pirathiban has a PhD is Applied Statistics from the Queensland University of Technology and has got more than seven years of industry experience. Currently, she is working as an Evaluation Analyst at the Australian Centre for Evaluation within the Treasury where she is involved in impact evaluation of Australian public policies and programs. Previously, Ramethaa has worked as a Statistical consultant at the University of Wollongong within the Centre for Biometrics and Data Science for Sustainable Primary Industries. She has designed and analysed several Randomised Controlled Trials (RCT) for agricultural field trials to evaluate new and improved crop varieties to be used by farmers. Prior to that, Ramethaa had worked as a Research Assistant at the Griffith University where she designed and analysed an RCT to investigate the effect of signages to reduce illegal dumping in Beerburrum State Forest. 


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Participant benefits

  • Discover the pivotal role of impact evaluation in informing policy decisions and driving meaningful change within the public sector. 

  • Identify scenarios where impact evaluation is not only possible but also beneficial. 

Suitable for

All staff.

Category and User level

This learning experience aligns with the Strategy, Policy and Evaluation Craft at the Foundation level.


Free of charge.

How to register - Additional Information

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1-hour face-to-screen session. 2:00PM - 3:00PM (AEST)
Event type
Australia wide
40 seats