MAJOR PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN

From human capacity development to national capacity development: a report on capacity development in the economic and public sectors of PNG during 2006-2013

Collaborators: Professor Terry Evans, Partner, Nuzami Research & Consultancy & Emeritus Professor, Deakin University;  Ms Rebecca Miller, Independent Analyst

Client: Coffey International on behalf of Australian Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Year completed: 2014

This project was concerned with capacity development in the economic and public sectors of PNG. In particular, it focused on the use of advisers to develop the capacity of PNG counterparts in economic and public sector agencies. Such advisers were funded by the Government of Australia and completed or commenced their placements during the period 2006–2013. The research was commissioned by (then) AusAID and commenced in mid-2012. It was completed in mid-2014 under the auspices of Australian Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade. The project was overseen by the Economic and Public Sector Program administered by Coffey International.

The report can be downloaded here

 

Evidence-based benchmarking framework for a distributed leadership approach to capacity building in learning and teaching

Collaborators: Professor Sandra Jones RMIT (Project Leader); Dr Marina Harvey,  Macquarie University; Associate Professor Geraldine Lefoe Wollongong University

Client: RMIT funded by The Office for Learning and Teaching

Year completed: 2014

The intent of this project was to develop a systematic, evidence-based benchmarking framework for distributed leadership to build leadership capacity in learning and teaching. It built on the outcome of a previous Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) funded project that had identified the principles and practices for distributed leadership and synthesised these in the form of the Action Self Enabling Reflection Tool.

The report can be downloaded here

 

Building leadership for research education

Collaborators: Professor David Boud (Project Leader),  Associate Professor Jo McKenzie, Professor Nicky Solomon, UTS; Professor Angela Brew, Professor Robyn Dowling, Macquarie University; Dr Margaret Kiley, ANU; Dr Janne Malfroy, ACU

Client: UTS funded by The Office for Learning and Teaching

Year completed: 2014

This project examined the roles undertaken by those in local leadership in research education and identified their needs through interviews and through a needs-analysis survey administered in four universities (The Australian National University, Macquarie University, the University of Technology, Sydney and the University of Western Sydney).Through processes of consultation and iteration with RECs and others in key roles in research education (in faculties and university graduate schools), a series of resources based on seven typical scenarios faced by RECs were developed to address these needs.

The report can be downloaded here

 

Lessons learnt: identifying synergies in distributed leadership projects

Collaborators: Professor Sandra Jones RMIT (Project Leader); Dr Marina Harvey,  Macquarie University; Associate Professor Geraldine Lefoe Wollongong University

Client: RMIT funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council

Year completed: 2012

This project aims to explore the implications for institutions of distributed leadership approaches that use less formally defined structures. The project will use the experience and outcomes of four completed ALTC Leadership projects which implemented different approaches to distributed leadership. Each was underpinned by the use of experts and enthusiasts to build networks and communities of practice to deal with institutional change. The aims of this project are to identify synergies between these completed projects, and from these to develop: (1) a distributed leadership matrix of contextual conditions and leadership skills needed to achieve an effective distributed leadership process; and (2) a flexible, self-evaluative tool for institutions that seeks to encourage and support a distributed leadership approach to learning and teaching improvements. based on seven typical scenarios faced by RECs were developed to address these needs.

The report can be downloaded here

 

Building research supervision and training across Australian universities

Collaborators: Assoc Professor Jenny Hammond (Project Leader), UTS; Professor David Boud UTS; Professor Mark Tennant UTS

Client: University of Technology, Sydney  funded by Carrick Institute

Year completed: 2010

Building Research Supervision and Training in Australian Universities’ was undertaken with the aims of identifying existing higher degree research supervisor training provisions; identifying current and future needs of supervisors and making recommendations that assist universities in their ongoing development of effective higher degree research supervisor training.

The report can be downloaded here