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Measuring Impact in the System

The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre

Friday, 2 March 2018 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (AEDT)

Measuring Impact in the System

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This workshop series aims to unpack issues and prototype methods on how to measure impact from systems approaches. We will explore what and how to measure impact from systems approaches, and consider how these can be layered onto programmatic evaluation. 


Workshop 1: Through peer exchange, we aim to understand what we are trying to capture and why. We then design a prototyped measurement for each participant to test in their local context 

Over the next 2 months: Participants test prototype measurements in their local context. There will be monthly virtual meetings to discuss what is working, what could be refined, and to gather learnings about this process 

Workshop 2: We will gather virtually or again in person to see what the results show, do another round of refinement, and learn what is possible 

Our aims for the event: 

  • Build a peer learning network for practitioners and researchers working in this space
  • Hear directly from the experiences of others in the room and the contexts they are seeking to measure
  • Crowdsource ideas on what and how we might measure impact 

Our mental model of doing systems work: 

  • 'Doing systems' is a process, not an outcome. The goal is to deepen our insight on the system. Systems work doesn't have an end point, but is an ongoing journey
  • Our own personal mental model and practice is the strongest influence in how we understand and see a system. Ongoing reflection and awareness is a key practice
  • There is no one way to do systems work, no one starting point. There are multiple journeys and paths

Who should attend: 

This event is for health practitioners and researchers who are actively and consciously applying systems approaches in their work, and who have a working understanding of systems thinking and approaches. 

Upon registration you are committing to engaging in multiple workshops, to designing and applying a systems measure in your work, and to reflecting and evaluating its effectiveness in a group learning session in follow-up discussions over 4 months.  

How we are asking you to participate: 

This is an active workshop environment and you are asked to participate fully during the session. We are seeking the curious, those who want to learn, who are willing and open to listening, and who value collective knowledge building.  This is not a session for passive listening or expert knowledge.  To create a collective and open learning space, we value and engage with respect for one another, diverse ways of knowing and diverse understandings.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Seanna Davidson at

What we will not be doing in this event 

  • Teaching systems 101
  • Focus on systems theory or academic research methods
  • Formal presentations followed by questions
  • Teaching technology-based systems methods such as causal loop diagramming or systems dynamics modelling



Seanna Davidson is the Manager of Systems Thinking and Capacity Building at the Prevention Centre. Before joining the Centre, Seanna led a social innovation lab and two systemic inquiry processes at Monash University with the Systemic Governance Research Program, and was the program manager for a program on Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo, Canada. A geographer by training, her work draws across disciplines to explore patterns and change within social spaces. Her academic training is complemented by professional experience across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.


 Travel to the event 

Train: A 5 min walk from Southern Cross Station 

Tram: Take tram 48 from the CBD and exit at stop D15 - Batman's Hill



Secure Parking

664 Collins Street, Melbourne

700 Collins Street, Melbourne

Wilson Parking

750 Collins Street, Docklands

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Deakin Corporate Centre, Tower 2 Level 12
727 Collins Street
Docklands (Melbourne), VIC 3008

Friday, 2 March 2018 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (AEDT)

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The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre

The Prevention Centre is a national initiative that is researching and developing systems approaches to find the most effective, efficient and equitable ways to prevent lifestyle-related chronic health problems in Australia.

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