Australian Centre for Evaluation

The Australian Centre for Evaluation (ACE) was established to help put evaluation evidence at the heart of policy design and decision-making.

We seek to improve the volume, quality, and use of evaluation evidence to support better policy and programs that improve the lives of Australians.

Commonwealth Evaluation Policy

Aims to embed good evaluation principles and practices across government and foster an evaluative culture that supports continuous learning about what works, why, and for whom.

Evaluation toolkit

 What is evaluation

Assess the design, implementation or results of programs and activities to support continuous improvement, accountability and decision-making


 Why evaluate

Plan how to evaluate programs and activities early to meet relevant policy and legislative requirements


 When to evaluate

Identify and prioritise the timing and type of evaluation needed at different stages of the policy cycle using risk-based approaches


 Who evaluates

Identify evaluation roles and responsibilities based on the design and purpose of an evaluation and the capabilities within Commonwealth entities


 How to evaluate

Steps involved in planning and conducting an evaluation and key questions to consider


 Impact evaluation

Determine if a program or policy achieves its intended outcomes


 Templates, tools and resources

Comprehensive set of templates, tools and resources to help you plan and conduct an evaluation


 Evaluation planning for new policy proposals

Consider and determine fit for purpose evaluation, monitoring and learning plans for New Policy Proposals (NPPs)


In the spirit of reconciliation, the Australian Centre for Evaluation acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.