The Sax Institute provides training for policymakers, practitioners and researchers to build skills and knowledge that will enable the best use of research to support decision making.

Our training will provide you with tools and knowledge you need, whether you are a policymaker or practitioner seeking to build confidence in understanding how research and evaluation can be used effectively to shape your work or a researcher aiming to have your work used in the development and implementation of policies and programs.

One of our main aims at the Sax Institute is to build ways for researchers, policymakers and practitioners to ensure policy and practice are based on the best available evidence.

We provide training to develop skills on using research and evaluation in policy and practice and for working collaboratively.

Upcoming training events:

Due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, we offer training courses via webinar or face to face delivery. Our face to face courses are held in venues registered as COVID-19 Safe Businesses in accordance with the NSW Government guidelines.

Critical appraisal of research to support policy and program professionals

29 April 2021. Are you a policy maker or program manager who needs to use research findings in your work? If so, the Sax Institute’s upcoming training course could be for you. In this 4 hour online course you will gain: A greater understanding of different types of evidence...


Introduction to economic evaluation in health

26 May 2021. Join us for an “Introduction to Economic Evaluation in Health”, conducted by experienced health economists from the Sydney Health Economics Collaboration (comprising the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney, UNSW, The George Institute). The course will cover: An introduction to economic concepts and the health...


Working with MBS and PBS data

28 May 2021. The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) are valuable data resources with untapped potential to identify and monitor patterns of health service use and inform health service planning. In this 5-hour course participants will gain: An introduction to datasets Advice on dealing with...


Introduction to program evaluation

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1 June 2021. This whole-day workshop, led by internationally renowned expert in public health evaluation Professor Adrian Bauman, will help participants understand how to select the most appropriate approach when seeking to evaluate programs and policies. The focus will be on large-scale public-sector programs and the new methods used...