I arrived 2 hours late to the Digital Transformation Summit in Canberra because something had gone wrong with Microsoft which caused havoc with aviation booking systems. The incident was a salient reminder of how dependent we are on technology. The embracing of digital transformation is well underway in our Federal and State Governments according to all the t-shirts, slogans and senior government bureaucrats that used the inaugural summit to demonstrate how well government is embracing the 4...
It’s been an amazing AES conference so far – lots of interesting topics and great conversations. Like Jess, the highlight for me so far has been the key note speaker from day one, Dr Tracey Westerman – an Aboriginal woman from the Pilbara in WA. She has been a trail blazer in Aboriginal mental health. The key take away message for me was that measurement matters – but even more importantly, the right measures matter. She described that in many cases of Aboriginal youth suicide, there was bee...
Dr Tracey Westerman, proud Aboriginal woman, had me totally gripped throughout her keynote presentation on Day 1 at the AES International Evaluation Conference. She began with the statistic that Australia has the highest rate of child suicide in the word. But she cautioned us to be optimistic and focus also on the positive outcomes that are occurring, such as the six young Aboriginal people graduating from medicine in WA this year alone. She stressed that education is the most powerful solut...
Progress 2019  was held  over 2 days in June  to address the  pressing social and environmental issues the world is currently facing .  The conference is a  biennial event  at which  progressive thinkers and change makers in the social and environmental space   come together to discuss current issues.  O ver  1500 attendees from Australia and around the world  attended the event at Melbourne Town Hall .  H eadline speakers included Anat Shenker-Osorio, Ellie Mae O’Hagan, Bruce Pascoe, Kumi N...
Clear Horizon in partnership with Adam Smith International has been awarded by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade the Papua New Guinea - Human Development Monitoring and Evaluation Services contract for 2019-2023.  We are really excited to be working with the HDMES team to be based in Port Moresby, along with ASI, DFAT, the Government of Papua New Guinea, and the partners across the health and education sectors. Health and education are central to PNG’s susta...
Both facilities themselves and debates on their effectiveness have proliferated in recent years. Working papers , blog posts , conference presentations (see panel 4e of the 2019 AAC ), DFAT internal reviews, and even Senate Estimates hearings have unearthed strong views on both sides of the ledger. However, supporting evidence has at times been scarce. Flexibility – a two-edged sword? One root cause of this discord might be a lack of clarity about what most facilities are really trying to ac...
The client  The Department of Communities, Disability Services,and Seniors and Department of Social Services, in partnership with Logan Together.   Clear Horizon was commissioned to lead the co-design and development of the Place-based Evaluation Framework and test the framework with Logan Together as proof of concept. Logan Together is a large place-based initiative (established in 2015)applying a Collective Impact (CI) approach to improve the wellbeing of children (0-8 years) in Logan, Que...
Last week the Queensland Government released the Progress Report  and 'Statement of Achievement'   that Clear Horizon producedfor Logan Together. Logan Together is one of Australia’s largest and most well-known collective impact initiatives,involving over 100 partners working together to improve the well being of children (0-8 years) in Logan, Queensland. The Progress Report provides a comprehensive assessment of Logan Together’s progress since inception, identifies recommendations for areas...
This blog forms Part 2 of a 4 part blog series outlining the learnings and reflections of my two colleagues and I who were fortunate enough to attend the 2019 Indigenous Peoples Evaluation conference in Rorotura, New Zealand. The conference was an inspiring and transformative experience for me, as a non-Indigenous person and evaluator. Having worked as a youth worker prior to entering into evaluation, I particularly resonated with the keynote speech given by Marcus Akuhata-Brown, who among m...
Australia’s aid program supports the objectives of a socially stable and economically resilient Nauru that has effective and accountable public sector management and invests in nation-building infrastructure, and quality education and health services. Since 2017, Clear Horizon has provided strategic and technical advisory support to the aid program including undertaking investment designs and reviews, as well as whole of aid reporting. For example, in 2018 Clear Horizon in partnership with s...