The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards collates data on measures of performance
in a clinical setting in six-month periods. How can these data best be utilised to inform
decision-making and systems improvement? What are the perils associated with collecting
data in six-month periods, and how may these be addressed? Are there better ways to
analyse, report and guide policy?
The Council for Aid to Education is one of many organisations internationally attempting to
assess tertiary institutional performance. Value-add modelling is a technique intended to
inform system performance. How valid and reliable are these techniques? Can they be
Educational techniques and outreach activities are employed across the education system
and the wider community for the purposes of increasing access, equity and understanding.
When new concepts are formed, a well-designed instrument to assess and provide
evidence of their performance is required. Does immersion in professional experience
activity enable pre-service teachers to achieve teaching standards? Do engagement
activities for schools in remote and rural areas increase students’ aspirations and
engagement with tertiary institutions?
Forensic anthropologists deal with the collection of bones and profiling individuals
based on the remains found. How can statistics inform such decision-making?
Such questions and existing and potential answers will be discussed in the context of
research collaborations with Taipei Medical University (Taiwan), Health Services
Research Group, Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, Hunter Medical
Research Institute, School of Education, Wollotuka Institute, School of Environmental
Sciences and a Forensic Anthropologist.