One of Financial Literacy Australia’s priorities is to expand the evaluation of financial literacy programs. Evaluation helps organisations to improve their programs and have even more impact. Evaluation also helps build an evidence base about “what works” – lessons that can be shared across the financial literacy community.
We are helping NGOs to build robust evaluation into their financial literacy projects.
First, we have worked with Prof. Roslyn Russell of RMIT University to develop a survey template for use in evaluations. The survey can be adapted for individual programs. This avoids the duplication of each program developing their own survey from scratch. It was designed for FLA grant recipients, but anyone can use it.
Second, we are running a pilot workshop in Melbourne “Evaluating financial literacy programs: An introduction”. This is a one day workshop for shortlisted grant applicants, so they can learn more about how to build evaluation into their project planning. We have also offered a free coaching service as part of the course, so NGOs have expert help as they go through the process of commissioning a professional evaluator.
For further enquiries on evaluation, contact Robert Drake, General Manager – Grants.