Research & Evaluation
IPS has developed the capability, personnel, systems, and processes to successfully deliver a range of research and evaluation projects which are unique in their methodology and delivery.
Our process is completely client-centric, with a strong focus on communication between our clients at each stage of the project, conducted by a research team which executes a solution-focussed methodology, capable of producing an exceptional, quality product.
IPS’s research manager, Dr Katie Roe, is a mixed methods specialist regularly utilising both qualitative and quantitative research methods to provide data rich reports that are both broad and deep.
The IPS research team has extensive experience with quantitative research including CATI interviews, online surveys, paper-based surveys and face to face surveys.
Qualitative methods of data collection used by IPS include focus groups, workshops and group discussions, individual face to face interviews and observation. All data collection and analysis is conducted in-house utilising specialised software where appropriate.
IPS has extensive capabilities and experience conducting evaluations for government and corporate sectors.
IPS utilises an evaluation approach grounded in realism meaning that when we evaluate a program, we consider the ‘material’ and ‘social’ worlds critically important, with direct impact on a program’s success or otherwise.
We also have the philosophy that evaluation is not linear in nature but cyclic where processes are implemented, measured and adapted as necessary on a regular basis.
Our evaluation practices ensure that programs are undergoing constant change and refinement to better meet the client’s aims, objectives and outcomes of the program.
Recent Case Studies -
Recent Research Case Studies
Department of Communications and the Arts - Online Copyright Survey (available on their website) (2018)
A longitudinal project in its fourth year, the research involved a quantitative analysis. The data was collected using two subcontractors via online and CATI platforms. IPS analysed the quantitative data and produced a comprehensive report. The report was presented to the Minister for Communications and the Arts.
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and Cities - Evaluation of Remote Aviation Program (2018)
IPS has been engaged to conduct case studies into 18 remote Aboriginal communities and cattle stations to ascertain whether current aerodrome facilities and air services are meeting current needs and will meet their future needs. IPS has facilitated numerous interviews, analysed qualitative data and is currently producing 12 case studies and a comprehensive report detailing each site.
Mineral Resources (2018)
IPS was engaged to conduct an international investigation into the bauxite market focusing on current suppliers including quantity and quality produced, current purchasers and volumes purchased, current and future uses of and opportunities for bauxite and associated financials. The report was used to inform the Kalumburu Bauxite Project.
Recent Evaluation Case Studies (all 2018)
Department of Training and Workforce Development
IPS conducted an evaluation of the Aboriginal Youth Transition Program for the Department of Training and Workforce Development. IPS conducted interviews with program staff, stakeholders and Aboriginal youth who had participated in the program. The qualitative interview data will be analysed in conjunction with the quantitative statistical data collected but the department to produce a comprehensive evaluation of the program at each location and collectively.
Central Coast Local Health District
IPS conducted an evaluation of the Central Coast Local Health District’s provision of Aboriginal Health. Through an extensive document review and qualitative interviews, IPS reviewed the overall structure of the CCLHD with the aim of improving organisational structure and services to Aboriginal people.
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