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C. Thompson, K. Quinsey, R. Gordon, K. Williams, S. Eckermann, P. Andersen, M. Snoek & K. Eagar, Health Workforce Australia Expanded Scopes of Practice Program: evaluation framework (Centre for Health Service Development, Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong, 2012). Health Workforce Australia http://ahsri.uow.edu.au/content/groups/public/@web/@chsd/documents/doc/uow164425.pdf

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In June 2012, the Centre for Health Service Development (CHSD), University of Wollongong, was appointed by Health Workforce Australia (HWA) as the national evaluator of the Expanded Scopes of Practice (ESOP) Program. This report provides the current iteration of the evaluation framework for HWA Australia's ESOP Program. HWA through this Program has initiated a range of projects that support implementation of the National Health Workforce Innovation and Reform Strategic Framework for Action 2011-2015. The ESOP Program (also referred to as the 'Program'), has been developed as part of the corresponding HWA work plan. This evaluation framework aims to ensure a robust evidence base is developed to support evaluation at the local setting and a national approach for each of the four sub-projects and the Program as a whole. It has been refined in consultation with lead and implementation sites through a combination of teleconferences, meetings and site visits. The introductory workshops (which included Clinical Advisers) that were held for each sub-project in August and September 2012 also provided an opportunity for feedback. The evaluation framework has been presented to each of the three Project Advisory/Reference Groups to gain input from these key stakeholders. Officers of HWA have provided detailed feedback which has been incorporated in this version of the evaluation framework. A set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) will be collected for each sub-project in addition to a range of evaluation information to address national evaluation requirements. In combination this data and information will ensure the evaluation reports on the key domains of inquiry for HWA: workforce capacity; effectiveness including the impact and experience for consumers and service providers as well as safety and quality outcomes; economic measures including cost and efficiency; workforce productivity; sustainability and the generalisability or scalability of the implemented models. The evaluation framework will be progressively implemented at all project sites. It will form the basis for future reporting by the National Evaluation Team.