Measuring the unmeasurable: Evaluations of complex programs in the Northern Territory

John Guenther, Emma Williams, Allan Arnott

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper presented at Conference (not in Proceedings)


    The purpose of this paper is to offer a counter to the argument that changes emerging from social
    programs are often unmeasurable. We offer a critique of the kinds of indicators used to evaluate outcomes
    of different types of programs and ask the question: ‘Are these indicators a true reflection of outcomes?’
    The critique is based on a number of evaluations carried out by members of Charles Darwin University’s
    Social Partnerships in Learning consortium over recent years. These evaluations have included a range of
    social programs funded by several government and non-government organisations. Many of the programs
    were designed to address health and well-being, community safety, family function, education and
    community capacity issues.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages18
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventNARU 2009 Public Seminar Series - Darwin
    Duration: 8 Oct 20098 Oct 2009


    ConferenceNARU 2009 Public Seminar Series


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