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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