Launch of the EDA Economic Development Evaluation and Measurement Toolkit

Economic Development Australia (EDA) recently celebrated a landmark moment with the launch of the EDA Economic Development Evaluation and Measurement Toolkit.

The EDA Evaluation and Measurement Toolkit is an excel-based model created for EDA Members by Pracsys, in consultation with the EDA National Evaluation Working Group.

“We know that measuring outputs, outcomes, reporting and illustrating causality is one of the biggest challenges faced by our members. The EDA Evaluation and Measurement Toolkit supports a systematic approach to help economic development professionals demonstrate the value of their economic development activities,” said EDA CEO, Jacqueline Brinkman.

The measurement framework is based on the ‘theory of change’ logic model that connects projects’ activities to outcomes that can be measured. The toolkit is designed for all economic development professionals, working at any level of government or in the private sector. It is suitable for any program or project, regardless of budget, capacity, resources, or size.

What is the toolkit?

The EDA Evaluation and Measurement Toolkit supports a systematic approach to help economic development professionals demonstrate the value of economic development activities. It helps monitor progress toward a goal and provides a means to demonstrate its value to stakeholders. The Toolkit enables you to identify what needs to be measured and clearly define the pathways
to achieving the goal.

Who is the toolkit for?

This toolkit is intended to support local economic development in Australia. It is designed for all economic development practitioners working at any level of government or in the private sector.  It is designed for any program or project, regardless of budget, capacity, resources, or size

The EDA Economic Development Evaluation and Measurement Toolkit is available free of charge to EDA Members.

Replay of the Toolkit Launch

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This toolkit brings together the knowledge and experience of leading economic development practitioners from Australia and around the world. EDA would like to acknowledge the Business, Employment, and Economic Development Department of the Province of British Columbia for providing the inspiration for the approach used in this toolkit. We are grateful for their collegial support, generosity in sharing their experience and encouragement. This toolkit would not be possible without the valuable input of the EDA National Evaluation Working Group and the knowledge and skills of Lucy Heales and the whole Pracsys team, who developed the toolkit and the supporting user guide.