Research, Review & Evaluation

Our approach to research, review and evaluation is one of partnership where we create the conditions for all voices to heard.

When scoping a new project, our team spends time to understand our partners brief and their aspirations for the project. We seek to clarify the purpose and parameters of the research, review or evaluation and to discern with our partner what it is they need to know and understand. It is important in these early stages that we listen to our partners questions, what they are seeking to explore and how they want to us to approach the research, review or research.

We clarify with our partners how the research, review or evaluation findings will be used and by whom and determine the audiences and their expectations for any final reports.

Our partners are invited to determine the level of involvement they prefer and together we identify how best to enable this to occur. If internal capacity building is one of the goals of the project, we co-design how this might occur and discuss roles, implications and responsibilities.

Our approach to school review

The EdPartnerships team have partnered with schools from the Department of Education Victoria and the Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools to undertake the School Review Process. While each jurisdiction has slightly different expectations our team have been engaged as a Critical Friend, a Research Partner and review partner.

The following principles guided our approach to School Review:

  • Young learners, teachers, support staff, leaders and families, along with external EdP researchers, are partners in the process; all learn with and from each other as they collectively engage in a process of deeply understanding context – ‘how things are around here, and why’.
  • Optimal agency is offered to young learners, teachers, support staff, leaders and families in the research process where all are supported to fully participate and contribute to the collective learning and future directions.
  • Opportunities are designed for equity of voice, where all are invited to question, seek understanding and listen as a way of exploring new possibilities for future learning and action.
  • Time and space for extended dialogue that involves complex and challenging conversations as a way to understand culture.



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Who have we partnered with?
  • Armadale Primary School
  • Australian Catholic University
  • Bastow Institute
  • Berwick Fields PS
  • Carlton Primary School
  • Catholic Diocese of Ballarat Education Office
  • Dandenong West Primary School
  • Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
  • Derrimut Primary School
  • Elisabeth Murdoch College
  • Eltham High School
  • Footscray Primary School
  • Grovedale College
  • MACS - Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools
  • Monash University
  • Mother of God School, Ardeer
  • Prahran High School
  • Roxburgh Homestead Primary School
  • St Francis de Sales Primary School Lynbrook
  • St Joseph's Crib Point
  • St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Primary School
  • St Paul the Apostle, Doreen
  • The Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership
  • William Ruthven College
  • Wonga Park Primary School
Monash UniversityMACS - Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic SchoolsSt Joseph's Crib PointDepartment of Education and Early Childhood DevelopmentBastow InstituteAustralian Catholic UniversitySt Paul the Apostle, DoreenBerwick Fields PSMother of God School, ArdeerSt Mary of the Cross MacKillop Primary SchoolFootscray Primary SchoolThe Victorian Academy of Teaching and LeadershipDerrimut Primary SchoolPrahran High School
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