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Planning and evaluation using a systems lens: short course [4 days]

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Looking to stand out from the crowd? Wanting to support your continuing professional development for health promotion practitioner registration?

Event details

This short course is ideal if you wish to build health promotion skills and knowledge quickly in a stimulating environment with the assistance of highly qualified academic staff.

3 March to 6 March 2020
8am to 4pm
Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley, Western Australia 6102
$1350 +GST per person
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This is an exciting time to explore planning and evaluation in public health. Effective planning and evaluation gives programs and interventions the best opportunity to be successful. It means we better understand what works and why, helping us get the right information and strategies to the right people and judiciously using our limited resources. Complex issues abound in public health and traditional planning and evaluation methods may not always be adequate, so we will use a systems approach – a perspective that considers connections among different components, plans for the implications of their interaction, and requires interdisciplinary thinking. Using a systems thinking lens we will explore models, frameworks and theory to plan for priorities for public health action, to better understand the complexities of health behaviour, and to inform program design. Like systems thinking the course aims to be dynamic and engaging.


To secure your place please register and pay as soon as possible. Please bring your laptop, as well as lunch/snacks. For more information contact Dr Justine Leavy via

Event format:

The program includes: lectures; small group workshop activities; presentations by academics, researchers and policy makers. You will have the opportunity over the four days to plan a project using problem based learning. Readings and short course notes will be available on Day 1 for all registered participants to access.

Day 1:

Introduction to Systems Thinking
Boundaries, perspectives and interrelationships
Principles of Planning & Evaluation

Day 2:

Planning models & frameworks
Influence Diagram Workshop
Self-directed small group work

Day 3:

Evaluation design
Evaluation Showcase: PAR, Mixed-methods
Policy Evaluation: A case study

Day 4:

Knowledge Translation Workshop
Systems thinking: A Case Study
Group presentations