Reports of evaluations of government policy interventions

Mark R. Diamond made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

The request was partially successful.

From: Mark R. Diamond

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Dear FOI Contact Officer,

I am engaged in a project relating to how the effectiveness of government policy interventions is evaluated in Australia and New Zealand. I’m particularly interested in obtaining reports of good quality evaluations of policy outcomes. I’m only interested in reports produced since 1 January 2014.

I would be grateful if you could provide me with access under administrative arrangements to two or three such reports, if you have them. Since I am not sure what evaluations your agency has conducted, I leave it to you to select the reports. If my request is not clear, please let me know.

Yours faithfully,
Mark R. Diamond

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From: Foi
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Dear Mr Diamond

Thank you for your email.

As currently worded, your administrative request does not enable us to identify the documents that you are seeking. Processing the request would require the FOI team to liaise with policy and program areas within the department to identify documents pertaining to particular policy and program areas, retrieve the documents, and assess them for release. The department is not able to divert resources within the agency to this task, as sufficient guidance has not been provided from you as to the documents you seek.

If you would like to resubmit your request, please contact me to discuss on the number below.

Regards

Melissa Nickols
FOI Officer
Office of the General Counsel | Freedom of Information and Privacy Section
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Phone +61 2 6272 3537

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From: Mark R. Diamond

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Dear Ms Nickols,

Thank you for your reply. I will telephone on Monday.

Yours sincerely,

Mark R. Diamond

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From: Mark R. Diamond

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Dear Ms Nickols,
Many thanks for the brief conversation that you had with me this morning and for your suggestions about how I might find mention of particular reports that are of interest to me.

Thank you also for the offer to send a couple of links back to the Right to Know website. I look forward to receiving them.
Yours sincerely,

Mark R. Diamond

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From: Foi
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Dear Mark

Thank you for calling today. As a suggestion only, the following links may help you to find a document that will be useful to your research. These links provide information for our stakeholders and the wider community about the department’s operations and performance, and indicate matters on which we are seeking to, or have already, reviewed our progress.

The department's annual reports (http://www.agriculture.gov.au/about/repo...
List of reports tabled in Parliament (http://www.agriculture.gov.au/about/repo...
The department's list of public consultations (http://www.agriculture.gov.au/about/what...

Browsing our main website may also help you to find matters of interest: www.agriculture.gov.au.

Regards

Melissa Nickols
FOI Officer
Office of the General Counsel | Freedom of Information and Privacy Section
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Phone +61 2 6272 3537

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Mark R. Diamond left an annotation ()

I've left this request showing as "open" (now "delayed") only because I intend to follow up the suggestions of the FOI officer in the next couple of days with a request for a couple of specific reports.

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