Projects

Evolution Research has completed a diverse range of projects which can be broadly categorised into the following areas:

  • Disability and employment
  • Facilitation and training
  • Drug and Alcohol
  • Primary health and mental health
  • Indigenous
  • Aged Care

Clicking on each of the areas above will take you to a summary of the projects relevant to that area.

Disability and employment

Evolution Research has extensive experience in all areas and at all levels of the disability employment sector. Of upmost importance to successfully working within this sector is having a detailed understanding of the policies relating to available assistance, and also of the barriers experienced by people with a disability.

The team has a detailed understanding and knowledge of the following Commonwealth legislation:

  • Disability Services Act (1986);
  • Disability Service Standards;
  • Disability Discrimination Act (1992);
  • Employment Services Act (1994);
  • Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Act (1991);
  • Equal Opportunity (Commonwealth Authorities) Act (1987); and
  • Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act (1999).

Relevant assignments undertaken by Evolution Research include:

Review of the Supported Wage System

Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations

Involved consultation with a range of stakeholders to gather qualitative feedback relating to the effectiveness of the SWS for people with a mental illness and/or episodic condition (focus groups and 1:1 interviews held nationally); and development of a comprehensive report and presentation of review findings to departmental staff and reference group.

DES Evaluation Interviews of Clients of Disability Employment Services (CODES)

Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations

This assignment required the recruitment and interviewing of 540 DES participants to gather feedback on of their DES experience and satisfaction. The project required an initial pilot followed by interviews across four states.

Cognitive interviews for Disability Employment Services (DES) Post Placement Monitoring Surveys Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations

This assignment required the recruitment and interviewing of DES participants to test the functionality of the DES PPM surveys for the new ESS contracting round commencing March 1. Cognitive interview required initial sampling, followed by iterative testing to refine the surveys to ensure optimum usability.

Development of Wage Assessment Tool for workers with disabilities

Department of Family & Community Services

Development of an assessment instrument for workers with disabilities in order to calculate a fair wage. Assessment tool comprises competency and productivity components. This was a highly politically sensitive project, representing a significant change to the supported employment sector. Throughout this ongoing project, advice was provided to the Department regarding political and economic impact of implementing the Wage Assessment Tool. This project required the design, testing, implementation and training surrounding the Wage Assessment Tool.

Review of assessment and resource allocation models for students with disabilities

ACT Department of Education and Children's Services

Review and analysis of disability support need profiles for students with disabilities, and links to resource allocation for support services. Extensive carer/parent consultation supported this project.

Qualitative Research – Impact of Workers' Compensation Legislation on the employment of mature aged workers Department of Employment and Workplace Relations

The project incorporated the facilitation of focus groups with mature aged workers/jobseekers across 5 target industry groups, rehabilitation providers and employer groups in order to identify the barriers to workforce participation. The research identified a number of attitudes, knowledge gaps and workforce characteristics that were the primary drivers of workforce participation for older workers.

National Panel of Assessors (NPA)

Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations

Evolution Research is currently providing Supported Wage, Ongoing Support and Workplace Modifications assessments to people with disability under the current NPA deed. Evolution Research consultants have conducted over 1000 Supported Wage Assessments and have a clear understanding of the requirements of the newer initiative of Ongoing Support Assessments. In this role all consultants are regularly interviewing DES participants, DES Providers and employers.

Facilitation and training

Facilitation of Eye Health Workshops

Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Department of Health and Ageing

Facilitation of workshops for Indigenous Eye Health Workers from across Australia in Brisbane and Adelaide. Workshops included guest speakers and group work relating to specific issues impacting on eye health service delivery. A report was presented providing recommendations for future policy development, funding initiatives and service improvement strategies.

Information Sessions for Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH) Dementia program

Commonwealth Department of Health & Ageing

In 2006 and 2007, Evolution Research was responsible for the development of resource materials and delivery of information sessions in all states/territories for service providers and ACATs regarding the new EACH Dementia packages. Subsequently, Evolution Research delivered a further 21 information sessions in all states/territories for service providers and Aged Care Assessment Teams regarding the packages. The project required detailed analysis of program guidelines and development of a report outlining opportunities for development of the program.

Acute/Aged care workforce training needs analysis

Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing

This project, undertaken with the University of Adelaide's Institute of Social Research, aimed to identify the training needs and competency requirements of workers at the acute/aged care interface. The project included the conduct of 7 focus groups with service providers and training organisations in Victoria and SA. This included specific examination of issues for Indigenous aged care providers.

Wage Assessor Training

CRS Australia

From 2004-2006, Evolution Research developed and delivered 16 competency-based training programs for groups of multi-disciplinary staff from CRS Australia in order to implement the Business Service Wage Assessment Tool. The training incorporated theory and practical components (over 4 days), with follow-up assessment.

In addition, refresher training and specialist training for 'lead assessors' was developed and delivered. In all, more than 150 CRS staff completed the training across Australia.

Planning Day Facilitation

Office of Local Government SA

Facilitation of the OLG Planning Day, with a focus on "what makes an Employer of Choice?" in response to the specific needs of the Office.

Facilitation of National Forum

SA Divisions of General Practice

Facilitation of annual meeting of the National Divisions of General Practice. Incorporated the involvement of local and remote participants.

Drug and Alcohol

NGO Capacity Building Project

Department of Premier and Cabinet (Qld)

The project required working with NGO service providers involved in the drug and alcohol treatment sector. Included service sector mapping, survey and extensive consultation aimed at developing strategies to improve inter-agency collaboration and capacity building. Examined staffing/workforce planning, funding, information sharing and training/development opportunities.

Evaluation of Specialist Methadone Service

Department of Human Services (Vic)

Review of four Specialist Methadone Services across Victoria, offering methadone maintenance and psychosocial counselling services to illicit drug users.

Review of the Community Offender Advice and Treatment Service (COATS)

Department of Human Services (Vic)

The COATS program supports and monitors those released from jail or assigned to community treatment orders for a durg/alcohol related offence. The program has a rehabilitative focus, incorporating education, counselling and pharmacotherapy. Review included qualitative and quantitative data collection from police, justice, health services and prisons.

Review of the 'Episode of Care'

Department of Human Services (Vic)

The episode of care describes the service unit applied in the drug and alcohol services sector. The project reviewed the concept, and in accordance with international evidence and best practice guidelines, a refined episode of care was proposed.

Primary health and mental health

Evaluation of the Focused Psychological Strategies (FPS) Skills Training Small Grants Project

Royal Australia College of General Practitioners (RACGP)

Evaluation of the project's performance against learning objectives and educational framework criteria; and provision of advice with regards to the project's impact on GP access to FPS skills training

Evaluation of Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program (MHNIP) (Private hospital pilot)

Commonwealth Department of Health & Ageing

With the Australian Institute of Social Research, Evolution Research conducted the evaluation of the MHNIP service in private hospital settings. Evaluation incorporated an assessment of service activity, client outcomes (e.g. HONOS scores, service utilisation) and impacts for psychiatrists and general practitioners and Mental Health Nurses. Staff, client and medical practitioner feedback was incorporated into the evaluation together with analysis of Medicare data, and findings from the evaluators' data collection tool.

Review of Country Mental Health Services

Uniting Care Wesley Port Adelaide (UCWPA)

Evaluation and strategic review of UCWPA's rural psycho-social rehabilitation services. Review incorporated consumer, carer and service provider perspectives, as well as analysis of the level of intra- and inter-agency integration of the range of community mental health services in the region.

Consumer based evaluation of the Day-to-Day Living in the Community Program

Uniting Care Wesley Port Adelaide (UCWPA)

Evaluation and review of UCWPA's Day-to-Day Living program, measuring performance against service agreement and other contractual arrangements, in order to identify successes and opportunities for improvement

Review of needs assessment and outcome monitoring instruments for mental health programs

Uniting Care Wesley Port Adelaide (UCWPA)

Review of numerous outcome and needs assessment instruments in order to determine program effectiveness for UCWPA's community mental health programs.

Evaluation of GP Access and Metro Access

Department of Health (SA)

Review of pilot programs delivered by UnitingCare Wesley providing psychosocial support services within the community for people with moderate mental illness. Included working with local Division of GPs.

Community Care Mapping Projects – ACT and SA

Commonwealth Department of Health & Ageing

The team has completed projects in the ACT and South Australia examining current pathways into community care and developing options for revised 'Access Points'. The SA project also included the facilitation of a focus group designed to particularly address the specific needs and issues facing Indigenous-specific service providers.

Evaluation of the Mental Health Disorders Package for Rural Practice

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)

Review of content and learning outcomes of the Mental Health Disorders Package for Rural Practice to assess the appropriateness and effectiveness of the project in responding to rural practitioner mental health education needs, and evaluate the use of Elluminate Live® as an appropriate technology in the delivery of online mental health skills training.

ACIS/SAAS Emergency Response Project

Department of Health (SA)

Evaluation of emergency mental health response pilot project. This is an innovative program incorporating Ambulance and mobile mental health teams as an alternative strategy for responding to after hour's emergency mental health calls.

Evaluation of HIV/Hep C GP education program

Department of Human Services (Vic)

Review of effectiveness, activity and currency of training for GP prescribers of section 100 drugs (retrovirals and anti-retrovirals).

Review of grants programs

Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV)

Evaluation of a variety of recruitment strategies (eg for Overseas Trained Doctors) and grants programs aimed at increasing the employment of General Practitioners in rural Victoria.

Evaluation of Metro Access

Port Adelaide Central Mission

Review of a program aimed at supporting people with a mental illness to live independently in their own accommodation and re-connect with their community.

Indigenous

Research into Leprosy Treatment of Aboriginal People in the NT (1920-1960)

Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Department of Health & Ageing

Detailed literature review and analysis of archival records in response to a Parliamentary request. Project examined best practice in leprosy treatment and search public archives for evidence of experimental treatment on Aboriginal people in Kahlin Compound, Darwin. Facilitation of Eye Health Workshops

Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Department of Health & Ageing

Facilitation of workshops for Indigenous Eye Health Workers from across Australia in Brisbane and Adelaide. Workshops included guest speakers and group work relating to specific issues impacting on eye health service delivery. A report was presented providing recommendations for future policy development, funding initiatives and service improvement strategies.

Analysis of experience of Aboriginal prisoners

Nunkuwarrin Yunti

Qualitative analysis of the experience of Aboriginal prisoners upon release to determine improved service responses for this group. In-depth interviews with former prisoners, their families and special interest groups – including elders groups, service providers and custodial officers.

Review of ATSI Prison Health Program

Central Northern Adelaide Health Service

Review of the prisoner health program for Indigenous men in prison, particularly focusing on their mental health needs. Resulted in the development of a revised care pathway for Indigenous prisoners on remand in the Adelaide Remand Centre and Yatala Prison.

Review of ATSI patient data quality

Central Northern Adelaide Health Service

The Women's and Children's Hospital in Adelaide required an analysis and patient survey in order to ensure that the reporting of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander patient information was recorded accurately and that information needs are met.

Acute/Aged care workforce training needs analysis

Department of Health and Ageing

This project, undertaken with the University of Adelaide's Institute of Social Research, aimed to identify the training needs and competency requirements of workers at the acute/aged care interface. The project included the conduct of 7 focus groups with service providers and training organisations in Victoria and SA. This included specific examination of issues for Indigenous aged care providers.

Aged care

Evaluation of the Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH) Program

Commonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care

As a pilot program, EACH was reviewed in terms of its effectiveness, efficiency, acceptability and cost efficiency. Subsequently, the program was developed and expanded.

Information Sessions for Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH) Dementia program

Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing

In 2006, 2007 and 2008, Evolution Research was responsible for the development of resource materials and delivery of information sessions in all states/territories for service providers and Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACATs) regarding the new EACH Dementia packages.

Acute/Aged care workforce training needs analysis

Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing

This project, undertaken with the University of Adelaide's Institute of Social Research, aimed to identify the training needs and competency requirements of workers at the acute/aged care interface. The project included the conduct of 7 focus groups with service providers and training organisations in Victoria and SA. This included specific examination of issues for Indigenous aged care providers