Expression of Interest: Establishment of an economic development national working group

Economic Development Australia (EDA) is establishing a national working group to progress the development of economic development measurement and evaluation frameworks.


In 2018, the SA EDA State Practitioner Network (SPN) secured funding from LGASA and a consortium of SA councils to commission the development of an economic development evaluation and measurement framework. The University of SA was commissioned to undertake the project to identify and apply new technologies and data sources to the measurement and evaluation of economic development programs.

The report is a great snapshot of the current context in which economic development practitioners seek to draw causality and illustrate the efficacy of their programs.

The EDA SPN in Victoria has also conducted a series of surveys over recent years to identify the activity and performance measures adopted by economic development practitioners in Victoria. This research was in response to the proposed measures in the Local Government Reporting Framework for economic development.

Both reports highlight the need for the development of more consistent methodologies for economic development practitioners to evaluate their work.

EDA National Working Group – call for members

The EDA national working group for economic development evaluation will aim to build on the work already underway and progress the development of consistent frameworks for economic development measurement and evaluation.

To express your interest in participating in the the EDA National Working Group for Evaluation, please address the selection criteria and return to by April 30.


We appreciate your interest and assistance in progressing this important issue for all economic development professionals. For further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us on