Larter is committed to working alongside clients and communities to generate and share evidence, ultimately driving improvements in community-focused projects and programs through our evaluation services.

We provide evaluation services for: 

  • Multidisciplinary primary care centres that are piloting specific initiatives – for example social prescribing, and nurse clinics
  • First Nations health
  • Community aged care and residential aged care
  • Rural and remote outreach
  • Early childhood education
  • Maternal and child health.

The Larter difference

Our team has expertise in a diverse range of evaluation methods, that we use to develop bespoke evaluation plans based on each client’s unique needs, evaluation requirements, and the local context. No two evaluations are alike. 

Our Evaluation Consultant lead (Shantanu Sheshgir) is also a teaching associate at the University of Melbourne, teaching evaluation methods to Master of Public Health students. This keeps us abreast of innovative, best practice evaluation methods. 

For specific evaluations, Larter brings together experienced specialists with the required subject matter expertise as required. For instance, we have a team of aged care associates whom we can call upon for sector expertise. 

We believe in establishing partnerships of mutual trust with evaluation commissioners, service providers and service users.  We work to ensure a clear vision for the evaluation and how findings may be used; active collaboration; and informed decision-making as the evaluation proceeds. 

Our evaluation principles

Context is critical. Our work is underpinned by participatory evaluation approaches. While our methods are data-driven, we are also well versed in contextualising findings to intervention settings.

Our approach to evaluation is based on the following principles:

  • Realist evaluation (what works, for whom, in which circumstances, and why?)
  • Utilisation-focused evaluation (ensuring the evaluation is useful for its intended users) 
  • Participatory evaluation (as appropriate, partnering with key stakeholders in the design and delivery of the evaluation, and in the interpretation of findings)
  • Community-led evaluation
  • Ethical standards – we abide by
    • the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2018 (as well as the updated Statement, January 2024)
    • the Australian Evaluation Society’s Guidelines for the Ethical Conduct of Evaluations.

Types of clients we work with

  • Primary Health Networks
  • Non-profit community services organisations
  • Hospital and Health Services
  • Peak bodies (both consumer and health provider peaks)
  • State governments
  • Rural workforce agencies.

Please contact Shantanu Sheshgir to find out more about our evaluation services.