Research, Evaluation and Data (READ) panel

The Research, Evaluation and Data (READ) panel is a whole-of-government procurement panel established and managed by the Department of Social Services. The panel enables and streamlines the procurement of social policy research, evaluation and program review, investment in data and related professional development services for government agencies.

The READ panel was established to deliver efficiencies and high quality expert services to support the Department’s and the Australian Government’s commitment to evidence-based policy and program development.

Panel members have a wide variety of expertise and skills. All members admitted to the panel have agreed to work under the terms and conditions specified in their Deed of Standing Offer or Memorandum of Understanding.

READ panel areas of expertise

READ panel members may have tendered successfully for one, or up to all four areas of expertise. The broad areas of expertise provided on the panel include:

Social policy research services

  • Design and/or review research proposals
  • Conduct quantitative research
  • Conduct qualitative research
  • Conduct applied, participatory and collaborative research
  • Manage research projects within time constraints
  • Provide technical advice, support or guidance on social policy research and methodology
  • Submit and disseminate research findings and analysis to the Department and other Commonwealth entities through reports and other forms of presentations
  • Subject to the conditions for use of Contract Material, publish and present research findings to a wide range of audiences
  • Provide and supervise research conducted by postgraduate students or junior staff of a service provider
  • Related services.

Evaluation and program review services

  • Design and/or review evaluation frameworks and plans including program logics and performance indicators and measures
  • Provide technical advice on program and/or policy evaluation and/or reviews
  • Conduct formative evaluations – e.g. needs assessment, evaluability assessment, structured conceptualisation, implementation and process evaluations
  • Conduct summative evaluations – e.g. impact/outcome evaluations, cost-effectiveness/cost–benefit analysis, meta-analysis
  • Manage evaluation projects within time and resource constraints
  • Report and/or present evaluation findings to the Department and other Commonwealth entities
  • Subject to conditions for use of Contract Material, publish and present evaluation outcomes to a wide range of audiences
  • Design and implement Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) to measure policy and program impact
  • Related services.

Investment in data services

  • Manage data collection projects
  • Review or design survey instruments and procedures
  • Collect data through different methodologies including paper surveys, face-to-face, telephone and the internet
  • Obtain, store, clean, code and prepare documentation of data
  • Undertake analysis and interpretation of data
  • Report and/or present outcomes of data analysis to Government in forms that clearly present trends and patterns
  • Actuarial services
  • Manage, process, analyse, report and visualise real-time data streams and/or meta data and/or big data
  • Related services.

Professional development services

  • Developing training resources and/or delivering training on research design (including project proposal development) and research methodology (quantitative and/or qualitative with primary emphasis on statistical techniques)
  • Developing training resources and/or delivering training on evaluation design (including program logic) and evaluation methodology with primary emphasis on formative and summative evaluation
  • Developing training resources and/or delivering training on procurement, conduction and management of research and/or evaluation and/or data services
  • Developing training resources and/or delivering training on survey design and data collection, data processing, data analysis, data mining, statistical analysis, data linkages and data management with emphasis on longitudinal and/or departmental data sets.

Panel arrangements

The READ panel commenced in January 2017, following an open tender process for a three-year term, with the option of two twelve-month extensions.

Using the panel will reduce the time it takes to procure social policy research, evaluation and program review, data and related professional development services. The services provided under the READ panel are accessible to all Commonwealth Government entities.

Additional information

The READ panel govdex site contains the information necessary to use the panel. Government agencies wishing to use the READ panel, or who require assistance using the panel, should contact DSS at READ@dss.gov.au.

For additional information on Panel Arrangements in general, refer to the Department of Finance.

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