Evaluation Capacity Building in the West

Evaluation Capacity Health CheckFollowing the development of an Evaluation Capacity Health Check tool in late 2019, HealthWest has been working with partner organisations to build primary prevention evaluation capacity in the west.

By strengthening our capacity to evaluate our primary prevention work, we are better able to understand our impacts; to make informed decisions in our actions, plans and strategies; and to build a strong evidence base for what works.

Working with consultants Judy Gold and Emma Thomas, we have been trialling a range of initiatives aimed specifically at expanding the evaluation skills, knowledge and confidence of partner organisations who form the Western Region Primary Prevention Taskforce.

These initiatives include:

  • Lunch and Learn sessions,
  • a MEL Clinic,
  • formal training,
  • Learning Circles, and
  • the use of the online platform Basecamp as a place to connect, inform and share across our evaluation capacity Community of Practice.

Through our evaluation capacity building work we aim to foster a culture of learning, strengthened peer networks and informed action as we work together to promote the health and wellbeing of our community.

Over coming months HealthWest will continue this work through a tailored Workforce Evaluation Capacity Building Plan that incorporates both formal and informal learning opportunities designed to meet the needs of primary prevention work across the region.

Download the Evaluation Capacity Health Check



Kate Baker, Evaluation Project Manager
kate.baker@healthwest.org.au; (03) 9248 9653