Evaluating government programs

The Queensland Government spends millions of dollars each year providing services to improve Queenslanders’ standard of living and to improve people’s social and economic outcomes.

It’s important that the government is accountable for the money it spends and that Queenslanders can be confident that government policies and programs are delivering improved prosperity for Queenslanders.

As the government’s central agency for economics and finance Queensland Treasury encourages Queensland Government agencies to evaluate the effectiveness of their programs.

The Queensland Government Program Evaluation Guidelines provide a framework to guide agencies in the development, design and implementation of measureable programs, interventions, initiatives, services or trials.

The guidelines assist agencies to:

  • improve their ability to achieve government priorities and policy outcomes
  • improve resource allocation, planning and decision making
  • assess and improve the performance and impact of service delivery
  • demonstrate outcomes to key stakeholders.

The guidelines complement any subject-specific guidelines already available for agencies, as well as key government frameworks and guidelines related to various elements of program development and evaluation, including the government’s Contestability Framework, Performance Management Framework, Project Assurance Framework, and Project, Program and Portfolio Management Methodologies. More information about how the Program Evaluation Guidelines works alongside these other frameworks and guidelines can be found in the guidelines.