EVALUATING SYSTEMS CHANGE AND PLACE-BASED APPROACHES

Bridge theory and practice in driving equitable systems change

Join the creators of Australia’s game-changing Place-Based Evaluation Framework to discover how to evaluate place-based and systems-change initiatives.
Format

Facilitated Online Course

Starting date

March
21

Duration

6 weeks
24 Hours

Price starting from

$1375
AUD

EVALUATING SYSTEMS CHANGE AND PLACE-BASED APPROACHES

Course Outcomes

Master unique evaluation challenges

  • Place-based projects are iterative, experimental, and transformational by nature, posing challenges in measuring long-term change and capturing the complexity of the work.
  • Evaluating systems change requires clarity on how to approach the evaluation of complex systems and describe the desired changes.

Access key learning and tools

Pick up key learnings and tools from Australia's premier Place-Based Evaluation Framework to address shared measurement, community-centric approaches, and more in the emerging evaluation space.

Unlock practical skills

Learn to develop clear and phase-appropriate evaluation systems and measures of success, incorporating learning and community voice into the evaluative process.

Learn from global leaders in evaluation

Learn with global leaders in place-based and systems-change evaluation, providing practical tools and resources to keep partners and communities on track.
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Choose your package

Basic

$1,375 AUD
This package includes:
  • Comprehensive course materials, tools, and interactive content
  • Weekly one-hour virtual sessions led by your expert course mentor
  • Free enrolment into additional resources
  • PDF course Handbook
  • Feedback on your work-based course project throughout the course
  • One 45-minute one-to-one coaching session  
  • Two 30-minute one-to-one coaching sessions  
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Standard

$1,825 AUD
This package includes:
  • Comprehensive course materials, tools, and interactive content
  • Weekly one-hour virtual sessions led by your expert course mentor
  • Free enrolment into additional resources
  • PDF course handbook
  • Feedback on your work-based course project throughout the course
  • One 45-minute one-to-one coaching session  
  • Two 30-minute one-to-one coaching sessions  

Premium

$2,725 AUD
This package includes:
  • Comprehensive course materials, tools, and interactive content
  • Weekly one-hour virtual sessions led by your expert course mentor
  • Free enrolment into additional resources
  • PDF course handbook
  • Feedback on your work-based course project throughout the course
  • One 45-minute one-to-one coaching session  
  • Two x 30-minute one-to-one coaching sessions
If you purchase a standard or premium package using a discount, the discount will be applied to the basic course fee portion of the package, the 'upgrade' portion of the fee is not eligible for discounts.

Our learners love us

The lead mentor was super knowledgeable
The technology worked well and the platform is fenomenal, there was heaps of high quality material available, the lead mentor was super knowledgeable. I now have lots of ideas to apply to our evaluation and engagement with our partners for evaluation activities.
anonymous learner
You set a benchmark in online delivery
The material was very professionally presented. The online sessions were very well curated and I thought that the whole process was really impressive. I think for me you set a benchmark in online delivery.
Christina Thompson
My colleague and I thoroughly enjoyed the ESCPBA course
My colleague and I thoroughly enjoyed the ESCPBA course and used our one-to-one coaching sessions to further progress our partnership work and to develop our draft Theory of Change.
Anonymous Learner

Frequently asked questions

Why learn with Clear Horizon?

For nearly two decades, we have worked with changemakers across some of the world’s best-known NFPs, NGOs, and social enterprises, such as The Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Menzies Foundation, Care, and Oxfam Australia, to name a few.We are dedicated to empowering changemakers from projects of all sizes by equipping them with practical and rigorously tested methods and knowledge. As the creators of Australia’s game-changing Place-Based Evaluation Framework, you can rest assured we will help you unlock how to evaluate place-based and systems-change initiatives.

Who is this course designed for?

  • This advanced course is for practitioners and social innovators who want to apply new thinking to persistent problems, and understand how to build a truly effective evaluation system that captures complexity while providing a roadmap to keep the initiative and partners on track.
  • MEL Professionals: Monitoring and Evaluation Managers, Project Managers and Consultants engaged in place-based or systems change initiatives.
  • Social Change Makers: Social impact innovators, and collective impact and collaboration leads looking for tools and resources to measure their joint impact
  • Prerequisites: 3 years experience in evaluation, or completed Complete Guide to MEL course.

How do your online courses work?

Each of our courses offer quality multimedia content delivered via our learning platform that can be completed anytime from any device wherever you may be. As part of offering a personalised learning experience, we have integrated a one-hour live virtual session per module, and we post recordings of the sessions afterwards. It is not a requirement to attend as we know it can be difficult to balance work/life/study, however we do encourage attendance.

We also offer moderated forums encouraging learners to share their experiences and hear more from our mentors. Feedback from learners is that they have enjoyed interacting during these sessions and watch them if they can’t be in attendance. The virtual sessions are held during office hours (Australian Eastern Standard time).

When do the virtual sessions run?

Virtual sessions for this course will run on Thursday afternoons between 3:30 and 4:30pm (AEST).

Sessions are scheduled on the following dates:
  • 2 May
  • 9 May
  • 16 May
  • 23 May
  • 6 June
  • 13 June


All virtual sessions are recorded and remain available for 6 months from the date of recording.

How will personalised coaching benefit my learning?

The standard or premium package secures you one-to-one time with Lee-Anne Molony, Partner and Director at Clear Horizon. This time is devoted to tackling the questions you have in applying your learning to your specific context and making sure your coursework sets you up for success.

What is systems change?

While evaluation grew out of programs – a defined set of activities leading to specific outcome – systems change approaches are about breaking the rules. They work across programs, trying to address the deeper, systemic causes of a problem. Let’s say you’re trying to improve year 12 outcomes or get young people to stay in school. A program would normally be bound within the school context, but if you really want to solve this problem and get kids to do well at school, you have to get outside the school to work out what is going on in the system. Maybe there are issues at home, maybe it’s the economy. Systems change is about jumping around to try and get to the underlying causes of the problem. 

What is a place based approach?

A place-based approach is a systems approach within a defined location, such as a suburb or small town. Restricting the scope of work to a geographic location can help in pinning a systemic issue down to a manageable size. Another feature of place-based approaches is that they are community-centric. Community members are involved in the decision making, with their aspirations for the community anchoring the scope of the work. These aspirations are the ‘north star’ for place-based approaches. This approach is grounded in the idea that every place has its unique set of resources, challenges, and opportunities that require tailored solutions.
COURSE EXPERTS

Meet our team

Jess Dart
Course Author
Chief Evaluator, Founder 
Inventor of practical methodologies and a highly sought-after facilitator, Jess navigates complexity with comfort and helps her clients to clarify their desired outcomes and how to get there.Jess has over 25 years’ experience in evaluating and designing social change initiatives in Australia and overseas. She is passionate about developing real-world evaluation and strategy for social justice and sustainability. In particular, she works with systems change interventions, large-scale strategy and social innovation.
Froukje Jongsma
Lead Mentor
Principal Consultant
Froukje (Frankie) Jongsma brings over fifteen years of experience in social impact work to her role as Principal Consultant at Clear Horizon of which five focused on leading place-based systems change. She loves facilitating measurement, evaluation, and learning design, delivery, and capacity building and is passionate about doing this in ways that are accessible and empowering. She also has extensive experience supporting people and organisations to develop a deep understanding of the issues they are aiming to solve and translate their insights into impactful strategies, action, and results.
Callisha Gregg-Rowan
Support Mentor
Consultant
Callisha has a strong background working in diverse contexts, bringing expertise in two worlds, participatory and community-led measurement, evaluation, and learning approaches. Prior to joining Clear Horizon Callisha worked in the Northern Territory for a First Nations led organisation co-coordinating the Monitoring and Evaluation team, supporting local communities to co-design and develop culturally appropriate M&E systems and research projects. 
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