Evaluation of Cancer Australia
The Cancer Australia came to an end with submission of the final report on 30 June 2009. Three reports documented the establishment, operation, impact and outcomes of Cancer Australia. CHSD (in conjunction with the Centre for Research in Learning and Change at the University of Technology, Sydney), was commissioned by the Chief Executive of Cancer Australia to conduct an independent organisational evaluation in May 2008.
Specifically, CHSD was asked to ‘determine whether Cancer Australia is meeting its responsibilities efficiently and effectively’. Particular emphasis was placed on the evaluation maximising the further development and overall effectiveness of Cancer Australia. The evaluation framework outlined three levels of evaluative analysis; formative, summative, and developmental.
Report 1 focused on formative evaluation issues and aimed to answer the question ‘how can we learn and get better as we go?’. It also documented the history and establishment phase of Cancer Australia.
Report 2 addressed formative and developmental evaluation issues in relation to nine ‘key success factors’ drawn from the organisational development literature through synthesising stakeholder perspectives and documentary sources. Data for Report 2 was drawn from over 50 individual interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders within the cancer control sector – government and non-government organisations, clinicians, researchers and consumers. Its aim was to assist the organisation to reflect upon the findings and ‘find opportunities for continuous learning and development’.
Report 3 developed a summative analysis and aimed to integrate what has been learned, generating summative conclusions and proposing options for the future development of the organisation. These findings were also informed by an analysis of the impact of Cancer Australia’s performance at three levels – the consumer, the provider and the system. This third report addressed the question of whether, and to what extent, the performance of Cancer Australia met its legislative, policy and organisational responsibilities.
Project team: Cristina Thompson, Alan Owen, Roger Dunston and Kathy Eagar