About the PEU
Robust program monitoring and evaluation aims to ensure government achieves the best outcomes within the allocated budget and helps build a contextualised evidence-base of what works by asking questions such as:
- have we achieved what we set out to do?
- could we have done things better or more efficiently?
- should we continue to do this or try something else?
The Program Evaluation Unit within the Department of Treasury and Finance is responsible for:
- promoting the use of evaluation in government decision making
- leading the NTG Program Evaluation Community of Practice
- supporting agencies to complete evaluation overviews as part of their Cabinet submissions
- coordinating the rolling schedule of evaluations
- strengthening evaluative capacity across the NTPS
- preparing an annual whole of government summary of evaluations
- maintaining a database of completed evaluations and sharing findings to inform future policy and program design.
The need for a whole of government approach to program evaluation was a key recommendation in A plan for budget repair. The Program Evaluation Unit has progressed several recommendations including:
- developing a whole of government program evaluation framework
- updating the Cabinet submission template to include program evaluation and sunset clause requirements
- developing an annual schedule of evaluation of existing programs for approval by the Budget Review Subcommittee
- fostering the development of behavioural economics capability across the Northern Territory Public Sector (NTPS) with a focus on adopting proven approaches from other jurisdictions.
For further information, please contact DTF.ProgramEvaluation@nt.gov.au
Last updated: 18 February 2021