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The following lists some of Graham's conference presentations and submissions.  Please get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like a copy of any of these.

Submissions to Department of Finance on the PGPA.

Graham provided comment to the Department of Finance in January 2015 on their draft rule and Resource Management Guidelines relating to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act.  This followed earlier comments in 2014 on the draft rule and in September 2014 on the Performance Framework.

2015 Conference presentations

Performance Measurement Association - Australasia, Auckland, February 2015: Are performance measures in Australian Governments getting DUMBer or SMARTer'?

2014 Conference presentations

European Evaluation Society, Dublin, October 2014: A systems approach to the dynamics of performance measures.

Australasian Evaluation Society, Darwin, September 2014: (mini workshop) Developing improved performance measures.

International Research Society on Public Management, Ottawa, April 2014: The influence of organizational characteristics on changes to performance measures.  

2012 Conference presentations

Australasian Evaluation Conference, Adelaide, August 2012:  A joint presentation with Euan Lockie and Mark Griffin:  You can measure anything, but should you?

European Evaluation Society, Helsinki, October 2012: A Systems Critique of Program Logic

American Evaluation Association, Minneapolis, October 2012: Measuring Performance Measurement

Please get in touch if you would like further information on any of these presentations.

Research on performance measures

In 2012, Graham commenced Ph. D. studies at the University of Canberra, with the thesis to address how performance measures in Australian Government departments change over time.  An initial presentation won one of the prizes at the University's Hot Knowledge conference in late 201, and his entry in the 'Three Minute Thesis' competition reached the finals for the University of Canberra.

Special Interest Group on performance measurement

Following the 2011 Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) conference in Sydney, Graham was instrumental in forming a Special Interest group on Performance Measurement under AES auspices.  Please see the AES web page for further information.

Presentations at AES conference in Sydney

Graham presented a well-received paper 'Control over Chaos: A Systems Critique of Program Logic'.  Please see the AES website for further details.

Workshops on performance measures completed

Following the successful workshop in New Zealand in 2010, Graham was invited by the Austalasian Evaluation Society to present a series of extended, full-day workshops on performance measures across Australia and New Zealand in 2011.  These were conducted in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Wellington.

Presentations at AES conference in Wellington, New Zealand.

The Australasian Evaluation Society Conference and workshops were held in Wellington, New Zealand in August and September 2010.  Graham presented:

  • A workshop on Designing improved performance measurement systems
  • A paper on Performance measurement systems and performance measures: the good, the bad and the ugly

The workshop was a development of the one presented earlier in Canada (see below). For further information, please see the conference web site or get in touch with Graham.

Presentations at the Canadian Evaluation Society

In May 2010, Graham presented a workshop and paper at the Canadian Evaluation Society Conference in Victoria, British Columbia:

A workshop on Designing improved performance measurement systems

A paper on A systems approach to the development and use of performance measures