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:

  1. Developing innovative evaluation methodologies
  2. Providing advice on evaluations
  3. Conducting evaluations
  4. Developing and implementing approaches for prevention, measurement and surveillance
  5. Undertaking evidence syntheses.

Capacity lead

Capacity team

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

  • Developing a literature scanning tool for developing which lifestyle-related chronic disease prevention campaigns use social marketing principles
  • Developing a survey instrument which measures the functioning and maturing of partnerships
  • Conducting an exploration of the work of systems modellers to improve communication with clients working in health prevention
  • 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

  • Developing and implementing an online course on pragmatic Complex Program Evaluation
  • Advising cross-jurisdictional groups on complex program evaluation
  • 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

Conducting evaluations

  • Measuring community perceptions of prevention using a national survey
  • Evaluating the Healthy Weight Initiative cross-government partnership in collaboration with ACT Health
  • Evaluating the Aboriginal Knockout challenge in collaboration with NSW Ministry of Health
  • Evaluating the functioning of The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre partnership
  • Conducting an evaluation of the effectiveness of a weight loss maintenance program (Healthy Weight for Life) in collaboration with HCF
  • 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.

Undertaking evidence synthesis

  • Reviewing the impact of mass communication campaigns for obesity prevention
  • Developing a case study for Complex Program Evaluation
  • Conducting an evidence synthesis of social marketing and mass media campaigns related to chronic disease prevention.
  • Reviewing the use of population cohorts and routine data collections for informing national chronic disease prevention measures.

Building capacity

  • Developing and running  an online course for policymakers and practitioners on complex program evaluation.

Published research







  • Grunseit A, Rowbotham S, Crane M, Indig D, Bauman A and Wilson A. Nanny or canny? Community perceptions of government intervention for preventive health. Oral presentation, Public Health Prevention Conference, Sydney, Australia, 2-4 May 2018.
  • Crane M, Grunsiet A, Bauman A, Rissel C. A pragmatic approach to evaluating complex programs in the real-world. Oral presentation, Public Health Prevention Conference, Sydney, Australia, 2-4 May 2018.
  • Grunseit A, Crane M, Bohn-Goldbaum E, Havrlant R, Ahmed N, Cashmore A, Milat A. NSW Aboriginal Knockout Health Challenge: A successful weight loss intervention. Poche Centre Annual Research Showcase, Sydney, November 2017
  • Grunseit A. Australian perceptions of prevention: findings from a national survey. World Congress on Public Health, Melbourne, April 2017
  • Bauman A, Crane M, Grunseit A, Smith B. Using a pragmatic approach to the evaluation of complex population health programs, World Congress on Public Health, Melbourne, April 2017

Reports/evidence reviews