Evaluations

JH&A has a passion for engaging with people, and so its evaluation work is always about designing the best methodology to collect the data. We use a mixture of approaches including online surveys, desk research and comprehensive analysis tools to ensure we collect the right information.  The data collected is always aggregated so individuals are not identified, which allows for a more trusting exchange between participants and researcher to occur. 



Scholarship Program Evaluation - Western Chances

James Harley & Associates was contracted by Western Chances to evaluate its Scholarship Program. The evaluation included a desk audit and interviews with past recipients, as well as benchmarking the organisation's outcomes against state and national retention rates. Western Chances is a not-for-profit organisation operating with a vision to see young people in Melbourne’s western suburbs achieve their full potential. To achieve this, the organisation assists motivated young people in Melbourne’s West to realise their potential by providing scholarships, opportunity programs and ongoing support.

Project dates: July - December 2011


Review of Construction Research & Development and the Development of Guidance Material for the Australian Industry - RMIT University

James Harley & Associates was contracted by RMIT University to undertake a literature search on current research and development practices within the Australian construction environment, and provide an analysis of these practices against current and future R&D guidelines, as presented by the Australian Taxation Office, and the Department of Innovation, Industry Science and Research. A series of case studies were subsequently developed to promote the refined guidelines.

Project dates: January - September 2011


Project Management Review - Architects Without Frontiers

Review of project management methodologies and strategies for the Dien Ban Disability Day Centre (Hoi An, Vietnam) being built by Architects Without Frontiers (AWF). AWF is a not-for-profit organisation striving to connect Australian design professionals with community groups in the Asia-Pacific region in need of pro-bono design services. Its mission is to improve the living conditions of communities in need, with an emphasis on participatory, community-focussed and long-term sustainable design outcomes.

Project dates: August - October 2010


Alliances Performance in Public Sector Infrastructure Survey II - RMIT University

This project, titled ‘Alliances Performance in Public Sector Infrastructure Survey II’ undertook a review of several alliance projects to determine the client's general perceptions of the benefits of deploying an alliance approach to large Australian infrastructure projects. James Harley & Associates was contracted by RMIT to assist the Alliance Association of Australasia with its second review into the benefits of Alliance projects from the clients’ perspectives. 

Project dates: August - October 2010


Online Tutoring Support Review - Kids Under Cover

The review provided Kids Under Cover (KUC) with information around the factors, barriers and constraints that impact on and affect disadvantaged students in engaging with electronic tools to improve their learning. KUC is a not-for-profit organisation that raises funds to build homes and provide scholarships and mentors for at-risk and homeless young people. KUC operates in Victoria, Queensland and the ACT.

Project dates: February - October 2010


Business Planning Project - Architects Without Frontiers

James Harley & Associates was contracted by Architects Without Frontiers to develop its strategic and business plans.

Project dates: November 2009 - March 2010


National and International Review of Building Apprenticeship Systems – RMIT University

James Harley & Associates was contracted by RMIT University to deliver a report to the Master Builders Association of Victoria (MBAV). The aim of this review was to examine ways in which training and education can be enhanced, developed or changed to address industry needs. The research resulted in a multifaceted report that informed short and long-term training and apprenticeship needs in the Victorian building sector.

Project dates: October 2008 - November 2009


Education Program Research and Strategic Framework - Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts

The purpose of this review was to explore Linden’s potential to provide access to, and information about, contemporary art for specific audiences through targeted education programs. The term education is used broadly to refer to all programs designed to enhance the gallery visitor’s experience by helping them to become more confident in their understanding and enjoyment of contemporary art. James Harley & Associates produced a report that identified and discussed four audience categories (including current and potential audiences) and presented a program summary targeting these audiences. Data gathering included conducting a detailed survey with different audience types, as well as a review of education programs at four art galleries. Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts is a unique not-for-profit contemporary art gallery located in St Kilda. It is a place where people can see contemporary art in an informal and friendly environment. Its vision is to be a vibrant, evolving centre for the creation and presentation of contemporary art; a place where audiences are encouraged to enjoy and support contemporary art and where the artist's own vision is unlimited.

Project dates: May - July 2009


Alliances Performance in Public Sector Infrastructure - RMIT University

James Harley & Associates was contracted by RMIT to assist the Alliance Association of Australasia to gauge the benefits of Alliance projects from the clients’ perspectives. The project, titled ‘Alliances Performance in Public Sector Infrastructure’ undertook a survey of several organisations to determine the general perceptions of clients about the benefits of deploying an alliance approach to large Australian infrastructure projects.

Project dates: August - October 2008


Current State and Future Opportunities for Off Site Manufacturing (OSM) in Australia - RMIT University

James Harley & Associates was contracted by RMIT University to undertake a review of the use of off-site manufacturing (OSM) in the international construction industry, identifying the general level and type of research in OSM, initiatives / research in various countries, drivers and benefits of OSM, and the constraints and barriers to OSM .

Project dates: March 2007


Remote & Mobile Solutions for the Departments of Treasury & Finance and Premier & Cabinet, Victorian Government

James Harley & Associates was contracted by the Victorian Department of Treasury & Finance to undertake a review into the requirements for digital mobility within the Departments of Treasury & Finance (DTF) and Premier & Cabinet (DPC). This review also included both qualitative and quantitative research into the use of mobile solutions by staff in DTF and DPC and into both departments.

Project dates: August 2005 - January 2006


Website Review - State Services Authority (Victoria)

James Harley & Associates was contracted by State Services Authority (SSA) to provide its Executive with a series of strategic recommendations regarding the suite of websites controlled by SSA. James Harley & Associates subsequently project managed the implementation of the review, including the redesign and rebuild of the SSA corporate website, and the consolidation of its associated websites.

Project dates: October - December 2005


Review of Broadband Availability in Victoria - Arts Victoria

James Harley & Associates was contracted by Arts Victoria to undertake a review into broadband availability within Victoria, and identified issues surrounding the Victorian cultural sector's capacity and use of broadband technology. The ensuing report developed a list of recommendations drawn from a combination of desk research and interviews with the telecommunication organisations operating in Victoria and noted opportunities that exist through alliances with organisations that are in turn developing commercial relationships with telecommunication carriers.

Project dates: October - December 2004

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