Leading Evidence Based Innovation

Leading Evidence Based Innovation

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October 22, 2019
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM



Venue & Cost

Mercer House
82 Jolimont St


$380  (inc GST)
Cost includes program materials, morning tea, and lunch.



As parking in the area is mainly 1 and 2 hour, we recommend that participants use public transport. CSE is a 5 minute walk from trams and trains.



This one-day workshop is designed for anyone leading changes to school-based programs and practices and who wants to ensure the impact of their innovation is measured and informed by sound research practices.


Are your students and staff “surveyed out”? If we are going to survey, how can we ensure that we do it well, and make effective use of the tools available? How should we be thinking about what questions to ask, how best to ask them, when to ask them, and how to accurately interpret the data we gather? We’ll go hands-on, so bring along an example initiative to work on.


What’s the difference between Qualitative and Quantitative research? How can you use qualitative data to bring your quantitative data to life - enabling a complementary approach? It’s all about telling the story of your school’s successes and challenges differently. Understanding how helpful anecdotes can feed into more meaningful case-studies is critical, and each participant will design a case-study investigation and reporting framework relevant to an initiative currently underway in their school.


And finally, how can we find and assess, in a timely manner, the relevant educational research already available? We’ll go on a “Treasure Hunt” to find out what’s out there to support your own projects.


Session Titles:

  • The Evidence-Based Context – What’s needed and when?

  • The Survey Survey – There’s a science to asking the right questions

  • On-line surveys – Primer and pitfalls – achieving efficiency AND effectiveness

  • It’s the Quality Stupid! – The critical role of qualitative research

  • Don’t Ignore the Research – What else is out there that can help?



Andrew Barr is CEO of the Melbourne-based Centre for Strategic Education. Andrew has been a classroom teacher, Boarding Housemaster, Deputy Principal, before becoming Principal of two AHISA (Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia) Independent Schools. He was a board member of AHISA nationally for 10 years and National Chair of AHISA for 2011 –2013. He represented the sector in the early development of the National Curriculum and funding for Independent schools. He also served as a Director on the international Round Square association of over 150 schools. In 2009, Andrew was awarded the John Laing Award for Educational Contribution (Professional Development leadership) and then in 2012, received the ACEL Tasmanian Eminent Educator of the Year award.


Dr Rick van der Zwan is a research professional and neuroscientist specialising in the neural processes underpinning social behaviours. He holds an Honours Degree in Psychology and a PhD, both from the University of Sydney. He brings extensive experience as a researcher and consultant to government agencies in NSW, Queensland and internationally. Rick is also a skilful communicator and presenter having been a regular on ABC NSW radio broadcasts and presented at a multitude of conferences and seminars overseas and within Australia.


Noel Thomas has served as a School Principal/CEO within the Australian independent school sector and as a Head of two international school in Beijing, PRC. In addition to serving in a wide range of roles in representative bodies in Victoria, he also served as Chief Examiner and Chief Assessor of two VCE subjects, and as a curriculum and textbook writer. During more than thirty years working as a school leader, he has also held the positions of Faculty Head, Manager of Marketing & Development, Professional Development Co-ordinator and Deputy Principal.


Julie Tucker is a PhD candidate (currently under examination) at Swinburne University’s Centre for Social Impact. An experienced researcher and project manager, Julie specializes in qualitative methodologies with a focus on understanding the different impacts of policies, programs and interventions. Her work has informed the evaluation of a major Commonwealth health and well-being initiatives. As an experienced qualitative researcher, Julie brings her critical thinking skills to bear on the subject at hand, using a toolkit of tailored research techniques, including interviews, focus groups and case studies, to tease out the complexities of human behaviour.


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