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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Evaluation of the Cluster Management Trial

Cluster management trial

Authors: Julie People, Natalie Johnston-Anderson

Evaluator company/business: Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation, NSW Department of Education

Year: 2017

URL or PDF: Download the evaluation of the Cluster Management trial (PDF, 1.79MB).

Sumary: The purpose of the evaluation was to ascertain how the trial had been implemented by the four cluster management providers with 40 preschools, and whether it resulted in improvements to preschool management and service quality. Data was gathered through: interviews with management committee members, preschool directors and staff and analysis of quarterly reports from cluster management providers; and a comparison of National Quality Standard (NQS) ratings for the preschools participating in the trial with a control group of preschools. Overall, cluster management was considered a positive initiative by those involved. Preschool governance, time management and professional development were generally reported to improve during the trial. 

Additional Info

  • Year: 2017
  • Classification: Silver
  • Study Type: Quasi-experimental
  • Evaluation Type: Both process and outcome

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