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Social Research Methods Part 2

Evaluating Social, Health and Human Service Programs

Delivered by Institute for Social Science Research


Develop your skills to plan, conduct and commission social, health or human service program evaluations with our expert team.

You’ll be introduced to key concepts, terminologies and techniques, apply them in interactive sessions, and use relevant scenarios and focused activities to build your practical skills and understanding.

This course will only proceed if there are 6 or more participants.

Upcoming courses

Delivery mode
in-person, workshop
27–28 November 2024
9am–5pm (GMT+10) Brisbane time
Time commitment
14 hours

Who should attend

Anyone who:

  • plans or implements social, health and human service programs
  • monitors or assesses the effectiveness or success of program interventions
  • wants to refresh their evaluation science knowledge.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements or prerequisites. You can do any Methods for Social Analysis and Statistics course in any order you wish.

What you'll learn

  • Understand which types of evaluation are possible and the stages, scales and needs that determine when each is useful.
  • Document a Program Logic to show how a program will make a difference, and articulate a Theory of Change that explains this.
  • Recognise ethical issues and external factors that may impact the evaluation process and findings. 
  • Develop clear key evaluation questions and identify appropriate methods and indicators to address them.
  • Understand the complementary value of quantitative and qualitative approaches for evaluation. 
  • Determine appropriate analytical approaches, interpret findings and consider their limitations. 
  • Identify modes for sharing evaluation findings with stakeholders for maximum impact.

Time commitment

This is an online or in-person course that will require roughly 14 hours to complete.

  • Over 2 full days from 9am to 5pm (AEST).

Course curriculum


There are no assessments for this short course.

Certification and accreditation

Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion to verify their skills and achievements.


Caroline Salom
Caroline Salom
Associate Professor, Institute for Social Science Research
Dr Mark Robinson
Dr Mark Robinson
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Social Science Research

Practical activities were great. Appreciated the variety of learning modalities (phone survey, lecture-type content, practical activities, group discussion). The content was a light touch but comprehensive enough to improve my practice. Flexible and approachable. Encouraged open discussion throughout.

Kaitlyn Bruschi, Health and Wellbeing Queensland


Applicant Price
Online – Standard rate A$1,220
Online – Early bird (book 5 weeks before course starts) A$1,013
Online – Groups of 3 or more (per person) A$976
Online – UQ students A$854
Online – Other students A$915
In-person – Standard (includes catering) A$1,320
In-person – Early bird, book 5 weeks in advance (includes catering) A$1,113
In-person – Groups of 3 or more, per person (includes catering) A$1,076
In-person – UQ Students (includes catering) A$954
In-person – Other students (includes catering) A$1,015

Registration closes 7 days before the course starts.

The course will only proceed if there are 6 or more participants.

GST is included in the cost

Discounts can't be used with other discounts, offers or special promotions.

Payment options

We accept credit cards (Visa/MasterCard) for payment, including corporate credit cards. We can also invoice corporate and government clients. If you want to discuss payment options, please contact our team at

Related courses

This course is part of the Social Research Methods suite. There are 11 courses within this suite – see the other related courses below:


Institute for Social Science Research

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