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In partnership with the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ), NCOSS is holding "Evidence Talks", a live online learning series from August to November 2021.

In three x 90-minute sessions, we 'go back to basics' and relearn concepts, whilst preparing to use the highly-anticipated DCJ Evidence Portal when it launches in October/November (TBC).

Back to basics: FACSIAR’s Evidence ‘How To’ Guides (31 August 2021)


Katie Page- Senior Evidence Officer | Strategy and Evidence-FACS Insights, Analysis and Research (FACSIAR), NSW Department of Communities and Justice

Focus areas

    • Key concepts in recognising and using various types of Evidence
    • Appraising good quality evidence for everyday practice

Revisiting your Theory of Change (15 September 2021)

Facilitator – Robin Miles | Director, Social Equity Works

In this 1.5 hour session, Robin gave a refresher on the ‘Theory of Change’ (ToC) as it applies to social and community services, as well as ‘case studies’ on how the ToC was used in two community projects. The recording includes a brief introduction by Anna Bacik, NCOSS Director Policy and Research.

Using the new DCJ Evidence Portal as a 'go-to' data source (18 November 2021)

  • Presentation resource (pdf format)- to follow
  • Video recording - to follow

Focus areas

  • DCJ Evidence Portal features
  • Unpacking sample resources
  • Applying the resources' learnings to one's own practice

Facilitator - Katie Blair - Senior Project Officer |Strategy, Policy and Commissioning, NSW Department of Communities and Justice

About the learning facilitators

Katie Page is a Senior Evidence Officer in the Strategy and Evidence team of DCJ's Family and Community Services Insights Analysis and Research unit (FACSIAR). Her role involves evidence work, knowledge translation and supporting development of the evidence base for NSW State Outcomes and Premier’s Priorities. Katie has a Master of Policy and Applied Social Research and undergraduate degrees in social work and social science. She has also worked in inner Sydney homelessness services and in child protection/out-of-home care practice and policy in NSW Government.

Katie Blair is a Senior Evaluation Officer in the Targeted Earlier Intervention (TEI) Program of the Department of Communities and Justice. She has worked in NSW Government for 3 years, supporting various program areas in using evidence and data to design and implement effective programs and services. She has also worked in academia for over 6 years conducting various research and evaluation projects as well as lecturing and tutoring. Katie has a Doctorate of Philosophy and a Bachelor of Social Sciences (First Class Honours) from the University of Western Sydney.

Robin Miles is the Director of Social Equity Works, and she also works for the Miller Group as a Principal Consultant. Robin has worked for over 30 years in the human services sector in NSW, working in government departments, in the higher education sector and as a private consultant. She provides sector support to TEI-funded services and has also supported services during the homelessness reform process. Robin is an experienced evaluator and a member of the Australasian Evaluation Society. She has conducted many evaluations of large and small-scale projects and programs. Robin is a passionate advocate for the importance of measuring outcomes to strengthen service delivery, as well as for the core role that Theory of Change plays in defining a program's overarching process in order to achieve change.

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