Research and evaluation
The evidence base to support our strategic policy and service planning is developed through research, evaluation and data analysis.
We recognise the importance of research in providing an evidence base to inform continuous improvement in policy and program design and delivery.
Research policy and agenda
We undertake and commission:
- program evaluation
- data analysis
Our research contributes to improved outcomes in the areas identified in our Priority Initiatives and Business Plans.
- Research Policy (PDF)
- Research Agreement - standard contract (PDF)
- Research Agreement - standard contract for postgraduate students (PDF)
Under Stronger Together 2 (ST2), $57.5 million has been committed to enhancing the evidence base through more rigorous data, evaluation and research activities. The Research and Evaluation: ST2 Strategic Plan 2011-
2016 outlines how this will be achieved, and identifies the key initiatives which will serve to strengthen and support decision making and thereby assist people with disability, their families and carers to make the best choices about their service provision and outcomes into the future.
Current and completed research
Details of current research projects, including name of researcher, description and expected completion date are published in our current research list.
Abstracts and full reports of completed research are published on this website.
We systematically review our programs and policies to ensure that they are meeting the needs of our customers. We use the results of our evaluations to inform decision-making and feedback to stakeholders.
Evaluation of the Self Managed Model in the Community Participation Program July 2009 – ARTD Consultants report
The Self Managed Model was implemented in the Community Participation Program as a two year pilot in 2007. ARTD Consultants reported on the effectiveness of the model and how ADHC can support the model into the future. The evaluation found that the pilot was largely successful; service users were progressing towards the objectives in their plans and there was a high degree of satisfaction by service users, their families and carers.
Evaluation of the Expansion of the Self Managed Model in the Community Participation Program July 2010 – ARTD Consultants report
Following the ARTD report in July 2009, the Self Managed Model expanded in the Community Participation Program. The evaluation report in July 2010 built on the findings from 2009 and reassessed the success of the model and the satisfaction of service users.
Review of the Self Managed Model in Life Choices and Active Ageing October 2010 – Nous report
The Self Managed Model was piloted in Life Choices and Active Ageing Programs from 2009. An evaluation was undertaken to document and understand the experiences of service users, and any implications for future delivery. The report indicated that the SMM is making significant improvements to people's lives and that there is a high level of satisfaction with the model.
Dr Shannon McDermott, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW (2010)
The Integrated Services Project (now Program) is administered by ADHC, in partnership with Housing NSW and NSW Health. It was originally a 3-year pilot project but was recurrently funded in the 2009 NSW budget. The Program establishes coordinated cross-age.
For further information, please contact the Research and Evaluation Unit on 02 8270 2381.