Overview of Expertise

Evolution Research has a diverse range of experience across the human service setting, with principal areas of expertise including:

  • Disability services – planning, review and development;
  • Primary health services – General practice, mental health, community health programs;
  • Community and regional health services;
  • Drug and alcohol services and policy;
  • Employment and training services;
  • Community and residential aged care review; and
  • Facilitation of stakeholder consultation sessions, information sessions and focus groups.

The core competencies of Evolution Research are:

  • Training and education for service providers in the human services sector;
  • Development of evaluation frameworks for the human services setting;
  • Data collection and analysis, including:
    • Qualitative data collection via consultation, consumer forum, focus groups, survey;
    • Quantitative data collection – primary and secondary data collection;
    • Data analysis using a variety of software applications;
    • Literature reviews (national/international);
    • Benchmarking and best practice identification;
  • Evaluation of human service programs and policies;
  • Organisational development and change management; and
  • Research and development into service systems, strategies and models of best practice.

Evolution Research has experience in providing services that meet local, regional and national requirements. Since commencing operations in 2002 Evolution Research has undertaken a range of research and development activities for the Department of Health and Ageing, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), Department of Employment Education and Workplace Relations, Uniting Care Wesley and CRS Australia. These activities have included:

  • Psycho-social rehabilitation program review;
  • Review of needs assessment and outcome measurement instruments;
  • Research into disability employment programs;
  • Review of economic influences on the labour market for people with disabilities;
  • Development, testing and monitoring of a wage determination system for people with disabilities;
  • Design and delivery of training for professionals employed in disability service programs;
  • Provision of policy advice to government relating to disability support programs; and
  • Extensive consultation with people with disabilities/mental illness, carers/advocates, service providers and government representatives.