Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation

Data is said to be overwhelming, but can be extremely useful if harnessed correctly. Our research shows how we can find out what works, and what we need to continue to track.

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The delivery of confident progressive services and policy is built on performance-related information and the ability to use it. Our collaborative research provides academic outlines designed to assist in the understanding of key issues, ensuring priorities for data are identified and quality data is effectively analysed. We also interpret large-scale data to support strategic responses and transformational use by a range of stakeholders within community, education, governmental, and other types of organisations.

Our research uses a range of methodologies and approaches, with one key focus being on population dynamics, particularly analysis of census data, cutting-edge spatial analysis and use of geographical information systems (GIS). Such techniques allow articulation of broader demographic and other patterns which permit accurate documentation and modelling of trends which, in turn, support forecasting and planning in a range of public and social policy settings. GIS offers a powerful integrating platform for social, spatial and environmental information, with potential to generate new knowledge and opportunities and advance demographic and migration analysis, service planning, reporting, funding allocations and social research. This research is performed together with numerous governmental and community partners.

A recent project on mapping frailty allows visualisation of the distribution of frailty in our communities, which permits more refined targeting of health services to where healthcare needs are required, as well as leading to deeper understandings of the surrounding neighbourhoods and environments which can contribute to healthy ageing.

Our researchers also focus on key educational initiatives involving large-scale data sets such as The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), other literacy and numeracy programs, virtual reality (VR) environments and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to analyse and critique existing practices in order to improve their validity and future impacts. Such initiatives are critical to policy, planning, and practices but can only be robust and meaningful if the data which they capture are subject to scrutiny and careful monitoring.

Our key researchers in this area:

  • Professor Chris Leishman - Hugo/CHURP, Chris oversees a team with dedicated expertise in GIS, with a focus on its use in connection with social research, particularly demographic and migration analysis.
  • Associate Professor Edward Palmer - Education, Edward has extensive experience in developing, implementing and analysing the impact of educational initiatives, particularly on tertiary students.
  • Dr Igusti Darmawan - Senior Lecturer, Education. Darmawan investigates assessment and the measurement of student achievement and progress via exams and computer-based testing and also educational research methodology and measurement.

Our research groups working in this area

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