Areas of Work

Our team has worked on hundreds of initiatives to create greater positive impact for people, place and planet. That represents a wealth of experience that you can tap into when working with us in Australia and internationally.

Measurement, Evaluation & Learning

With over 1000 bespoke measurement, evaluation and learning (MEL) frameworks under our belt across a range of social justice and environmental areas, our experts offer insight, experience and practical know-how. 

We work collaboratively with your teams and communities to understand your unique context, and measurement and learning needs. We work with theory of change, with rigorous story techniques such as  MSC (Most Significant Change), and with quantitative data. We provide you with evidence-based learnings and recommendations via accessible reports, infographics, and dashboards.

But most importantly, we’ll work in partnership with you, tailoring our level of engagement and approach to meet your specific needs and budget.

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Challenges in MEL: Valuing Women’s Voices and Experiences

I won’t lie – it’s been difficult to feel positive about…

What it takes to build a Liveable Company

If this year has proven anything, it’s that we are capable of change and of rising to new challenges. In that spirit, we’re challenging ourselves to better walk the talk and build a liveable company. But what does that mean?

The Cook and the Chef – How Designers & Evaluators can Collaborate or Clash in the Kitchen

What happens when Designers and Evaluators start cooking up social innovations together? Is it a case of the Cook and the Chef, where there's collaboration throughout, or is it more My Kitchen Rules, with paring knives out? Here are four kitchen scenarios we've observed - but we want to know: which kitchen are you cooking in?

Part 2 – Jazz Players of the Evaluation World: Meet our experts on Systems-Change and Place-Based Approaches.

In this article, we ask Dr Jess Dart, Anna Powell and Dr Ellise Barkley about their top tips for overcoming some of the key challenges of evaluating systems change and place-based approaches, and how to get everyone on the same songsheet.

The Jazz Players of the Evaluation World: Meet our experts on Systems-Change and Place-Based Approaches.

A conversation with Dr Jess Dart, Anna Powell and Dr Ellise Barkley about the challenges and opportunities presented by systems change and place-based approaches, and why evaluators in the space are truly the jazz players of the evaluation world.

Developing a Theory of Change – is there a ‘right’ way?

Considered by many change-makers as the ultimate ‘road map’ when it comes to creating social impact, a good Theory of Change is an integral part of any intervention or initiative aiming to affect change. We asked experts from different fields about the approaches they use and uncovered some significant differences, which begged the question – is there a right way to develop a theory of change?

Logan Together – “Game-Changer” for Place-Based Evaluation

Clear Horizon was commissioned by the Commonwealth and Queensland…

2019 Changefest: Evaluation Tools session

Evaluation Tools session, with Monique Perusco (Jesuit Social…

DFAT Evaluation of Investment Monitoring Systems

At Clear Horizon, we have been grappling with how to effectively…

Design & Developmental Evaluation

We can help you design, test and deliver innovations that are effective and that stick. Working as “design facilitators” and “developmental evaluators”, we combine participatory design with our strong evaluation credentials and facilitation skills to support your efforts to create positive impact.

Together, we can diagnose and understand the system and opportunities for change, as well as surface and clarify the principles that underpin your models and undertake principles-based evaluations. Specifically, our skilled consultants can help you:

  • Develop and clarify your theory of change and/or theory of action with stakeholders
  • Design strategies and initiatives
  • Embed developmental evaluation services across the innovation cycle, and help you evaluate and learn from your innovations in real-time
  • Facilitate and support your co-design process, from design research right through to prototyping, piloting and scaling
  • Help clarify your principles and conduct principle-based design and evaluation
  • Build readiness and capability to move from program delivery to systems change.
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Developmental Evaluation – the approach designed to support and accelerate social innovation.

A conversation with Dr Jess Dart, Anna Powell and Dr Ellise Barkley about the challenges and opportunities presented by systems change and place-based approaches, and why evaluators in the space are truly the jazz players of the evaluation world.

The Cook and the Chef – How Designers & Evaluators can Collaborate or Clash in the Kitchen

What happens when Designers and Evaluators start cooking up social innovations together? Is it a case of the Cook and the Chef, where there's collaboration throughout, or is it more My Kitchen Rules, with paring knives out? Here are four kitchen scenarios we've observed - but we want to know: which kitchen are you cooking in?

Part 2 – Jazz Players of the Evaluation World: Meet our experts on Systems-Change and Place-Based Approaches.

In this article, we ask Dr Jess Dart, Anna Powell and Dr Ellise Barkley about their top tips for overcoming some of the key challenges of evaluating systems change and place-based approaches, and how to get everyone on the same songsheet.

The Jazz Players of the Evaluation World: Meet our experts on Systems-Change and Place-Based Approaches.

A conversation with Dr Jess Dart, Anna Powell and Dr Ellise Barkley about the challenges and opportunities presented by systems change and place-based approaches, and why evaluators in the space are truly the jazz players of the evaluation world.

Logan Together – “Game-Changer” for Place-Based Evaluation

Clear Horizon was commissioned by the Commonwealth and Queensland…

Resilient Sydney

Clear Horizon’s Sustainable Futures team are working with the Resilient…

Human Development Monitoring and Evaluation Services contract for 2019-2023

Clear Horizon in partnership with Adam Smith International has…

Logan Together Progress Report released

Last week the Queensland Government released the Progress Report and 'Statement…

What’s missing in the facilities debate

Both facilities themselves and debates on their effectiveness…

Design & Evaluation – We’re Better Together

Last month Clear Horizon and The Australian Centre for Social…

Digital Solutions and Communications

With tools to support you to effectively track your progress, communicate outcomes and magnify your impact, we can help you keep pace and benefit from the latest in impact and data technology.

Whether you’d simply like support moving to digital data collection tools and secure online storage, or you want to take full advantage of data analytics and visualisations through our dashboard solutions, we offer:

  • Advice and support for migrating your impact measurement data collection, storage and reporting to secure and efficient digital processes and platforms.
  • Engaging digital dashboards, reports and communications to share with funders, staff, board members and clients.
  • Access to real-time data to support evidence-based decision making and agile ways of working.
  • Ability to engage with and provide feedback to clients using real-time results, and demonstrate impact and scalability to funders.

Depending on your needs, can we provide strategic advice and products to complement your existing measurement framework, or work with you to design an end-to-end digital solution.

Contact us to find out more.

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Why I’m Chairing a conference on Social Outcomes – and why I think you need to be there.

Jenny Riley, our Chief Digital and Data Officer is gearing up to chair next week's conference on Measuring and Evaluating Social Outcomes, where the focus will be on adapting to complex change & using digital tools to measure impact. Find out why she thinks you should go.

Learning and Leadership

We are passionate about building evaluation capacity as it not only helps with maximising the use of evaluation – it leads to better programs and outcomes.

Whether you engage us to support your program or initiative, or you join our formal learning community through the Clear Horizon Academy, you’ll have the chance to benefit from our extensive experience.

We offer a range of targeted courses designed by evaluation and impact and learning experts for social change makers. We also offer bespoke mentoring and training packages to build your professional expertise and respond creatively and effectively to any challenges as they arise. And if you need a trusted advisor at the senior leadership level, our directors are available to provide diagnosis and strategic advice for your organisation.

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Our Community

Sometimes it can be challenging being the only evaluation or impact measurement specialist in your organisation. You might enjoy a unique bird’s eye view across all of your organisation’s activities and impact. But you may also sit (virtually, these days) slightly apart from the teams knee-deep in design and implementation. And so when you run into a really sticky MEL issue – where do you go to for advice?

ChangeFest 2021

An invitation to deepen place-based approaches I acknowledge…

People, ping pong and healthier lunches – what we’re looking forward to in 2021

For many of us, the start of 2021 has felt very much the same…

What it takes to build a Liveable Company

If this year has proven anything, it’s that we are capable of change and of rising to new challenges. In that spirit, we’re challenging ourselves to better walk the talk and build a liveable company. But what does that mean?

Let’s bridge the cultural divide: why evaluation and anthropology need each other

Research Analyst Alessandra Prunotto reflects on the Australian…

Reflections on transferring to the international evaluation space

Kaisha Crupi is a consultant at Clear Horizon and has recently…

2019 Changefest: Evaluation Tools session

Evaluation Tools session, with Monique Perusco (Jesuit Social…

AES Conference 2019 – for a first-time attendee & emerging Evaluator

By now I’ve had a few weeks to reflect on my first Australian…

AES International Evaluation conference Day 2!

It’s been an amazing AES conference so far – lots of interesting…

AES International Evaluation Conference Day 1!

Dr Tracey Westerman, proud Aboriginal woman, had me totally gripped…