Rapid Response Evaluation Capacity
The Rapid Response Evaluation Capacity (RREC) is responsible for identifying opportunities to embed research and evaluation in the rollout of policies and programs by its funders and other agencies.
The core activities of RREC cover the following areas:
- Developing innovative evaluation methodologies
- Providing advice on evaluations
- Conducting evaluations
- Developing and implementing approaches for prevention, measurement and surveillance
- Undertaking evidence syntheses.
- Professor Adrian Bauman, University of Sydney
RREC team members are working on a large number of Prevention Centre projects and related activities. A few of these projects are highlighted below:
Developing innovative evaluation methodologies
- Conducting a systematic review of models for scaling up health interventions including developing case studies, conceptual models and tools for scaling up.
- Conducting a systematic review of examples of complex program evaluations including developing definitions, compiling an inventory and documenting methods.
Providing advice on evaluations
- Advising on the evaluation of the ACT’s whole of government Healthy Weight Initiative. This includes developing evaluation program logic frameworks, developing and implementing a partnership survey and developing and conducting a pre-post survey measuring change in primary school teacher capacity to deliver physical education programs.
- Advising on the overall evaluation of the Prevention Centre, including development of an evaluation framework and implementation of a partnership survey.
- Developing and conducting an evaluation of the NSW Ministry of Health’s Get Healthy at Work initiative to inform strategies for large-scale prevention initiatives in the workplace. Get Healthy at Work is a chronic disease prevention program delivered to businesses in NSW through a partnership between the NSW Ministry of Health (Office of Preventive Health) and WorkCover NSW. RREC is conducting a primarily summative evaluation of the program but qualitative interviews with business key contacts, health program service providers and workers in a small number of case study businesses will yield insights into implementation processes. Quantitative data will be collected through a cohort study of businesses recruited into the program and a control group of businesses not in the program.This part of the evaluation includes a key contact survey at baseline, six and 12 months to determine the uptake of workplace health programs; a survey of workers; and potentially some productivity data. The evaluation began in mid-April 2015 and most (76%) contacted businesses have agreed to participate in the evaluation study. Of those, 60% (n=54) have already completed the baseline survey. Only 28% of the businesses have a workplace health promotion program. Recruitment will continue over the coming months and data collection from a cohort of control businesses is due to start in July.
- Developing and implementing approaches for prevention, measurement and surveillance.
- Reviewing the value of population cohorts and routine data collections for informing national chronic disease prevention measures.
- Establishing national sentinel communities to monitor and compare the implementation and impact of prevention initiatives, including the development of detailed case studies.
Undertaking evidence synthesis
- Conducting an evidence synthesis of social marketing and mass media campaigns related to chronic disease prevention.
- Kite J, Hector D, St George A, Pedisic Z, Phongsavan P, Bauman A, Mitchell J, Bellew B. Comprehensive sector-wide strategies to prevent and control obesity: what are the potential health and broader societal benefits? A case study from Australia. Public Health Res Pract 2015;25(4):e2541545. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.17061/phrp2541545
- Kite J, Indig D, Mihrshahi S, Milat A, Bauman A. Assessing the usefulness of systematic reviews for policymakers in public health: A case study of overweight and obesity prevention interventions.Prev Med 2015;81:99-107. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.08.012
- Kanal S, Lloyd B, Rissel C, Portors C, Grunseit A, Indig D, Ibrahim I, McElduff S. Evaluation of the implementation of Get Healthy at Work, a workplace health promotion program in New South Wales, Australia. Health Promot J Austr 2016 doi: 10.1071/HE16039
- Grunseit AC, Rowbotham S, Pescud M, Indig D, Wutzke S. Beyond fun runs and fruit bowls: an evaluation of the meso-level processes that shaped the Australian Healthy Workers Initiative. Health Promot J Austr 2016 doi: 10.1071/HE16049
- Prevention Centre news, January 2016: Centre investigators named among world’s most influential