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Table 2 Intended (and actual) methodologies employed by Formal Government evaluations over the course of the NMHS

From: An analysis of policy success and failure in formal evaluations of Australia’s national mental health strategy (1992–2012)

  First Plan Second Plan COAG Plan
Intended Aim O; I-Focus on reform approach rather than outcomes N- Appropriateness of initiatives (normative stance) O; I; R- Focus on reform approach as well as outcomes N- Appropriateness of initiatives (normative stance) O- Focus on outcomes R- Performance against 12 population indicators
Actual Focus O-Approach R- Problem improvement TG- Consumer perspectives O; I- Approach R- Problem improvement TG- Consumer perspectives O- Realisation of original objectives R- Problem improvement
Data Sources • Repurposing of available national datasets • In-depth case studies • National stakeholder survey and consultations • International expert commentary • Repurposing of available national datasets • National stakeholder survey and consultations • International expert commentary • Review of mental health by Mental Health Reference Group • Repurposing of existing and new national datasets to report on 12 population indicators • Jurisdictional data (budget allocations and funding commitments)
  1. Key: ​Evaluation Measure: O Objectives, I Innovation, N Normative Stance, R Results, TG Target Group Impact
  2. Bold letters are used to indicate the evaluation measures