External Service Evaluation

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External Evaluations of the National Mental Health Commission Grant 2020

In 2018 CORES received a grant from the National Mental Health Commission (NMHC) to establish and evaluate four new networks in Tasmania and Queensland. The Centre for Rural Health at the University of Tasmania were engaged to undertake the Tasmanian evaluation.

James Cook University in Queensland were engaged to undertake the Queensland evaluation.

Tasmanian Evaluation

Click to download the evaluation of the CORES Devonport and Launceston Networks conducted by the Centre for Rural Health, University of Tasmania, May 2020

Queensland Evaluation

Click to download the evaluation of CORES Queensland conducted by James Cook University in Queensland, July 2020

Independently Conducted by Success Works Pty. Ltd. September 2009

Executive summary


Success Works was commissioned by the Kentish Regional Clinic (KRC) to evaluate CORES, the Community Response to Eliminating Suicide. This evaluation has considered the experiences of all communities that have undertaken the CORES program to date, focusing in particular on the five pilot locations funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. In addition, this evaluation report, at the request of KRC, has also documented the CORES model, to assist KRC with planning for the future of the program.

Structure of Report
This evaluation report is structured into three parts.

Part A provides a brief summary of the literature relevant to CORES, before going on to examine the history and philosophy of the program. This section also unpacks the CORES model, exploring how the model operates on a number of different levels.

Part B is focused specifically around the evaluation. It begins by outlining the approach to the evaluation and then goes on to outline the various components of the evaluation framework, including the project logic, the evaluation questions and key data sources.
Part B then proceeds to address each of the five evaluation questions in turn, with a specific focus on the five pilot sites funded through DOHA.

Part C examines future directions for the CORES program, including possible options for expanding (and consolidating) the CORES model.

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