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Committee: Beyond Blue Independent Evaluation Advisory Committee

8 March 2020
Who can take part
Anyone affected by anxiety, depression or suicide who has experience bringing a community member perspective to a committee.
Time required
15 minutes to apply (please see activity details for ongoing commitment)

Activity Detail

Beyond Blue is seeking to appoint two community members to sit on an advisory committee that will help shape how the organisation’s work is evaluated.

About the evaluation

In 2020 Beyond Blue will contract an external provider to undertake an independent evaluation of its work.

An independent evaluation will support and inform Beyond Blue’s continuous improvement and learning, and is a requirement in our funding agreement with the Commonwealth Department of Health. 

This will be Beyond Blue's fifth independent evaluation since the organisation was founded in 2000. The previous evaluation findings are publicly available at on our website

A key part of this next evaluation will be to explore how effectively Beyond Blue is serving the communities affected by depression, anxiety and suicide. 

The next evaluation will cover the period 2020 to 2023.  

The committee

The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to provide strategic advice and guidance to Beyond Blue, and to ensure the evaluation scope, selected provider methodology and the evaluation progress are appropriate.

This Advisory Committee members will include:

  • Beyond Blue staff managing the evaluation
  • A number of external individuals with expert knowledge and experience across government, not-for-profits organisations, academic research and evaluation design, commissioning and management.
  • Two community members with a personal experience of anxiety, depression and/or suicidal thoughts. 

The involvement of community to inform Beyond Blue is important to us. As such, it is expected that the advice and guidance from this Advisory Committee will include recommendations to appropriately involve the participation of those affected by anxiety, depression and suicide throughout the design and delivery of this evaluation.

The committee will provide strategic advice and guidance on:

  • the planning and progress of the 5th Independent Evaluation.
  • the tender specifications.
  • the assessment and appointment of the evaluation provider.
  • the preparation of interim and  final evaluation reports.

The Terms of Reference for the Advisory Committee will be fully considered at the first meeting.

Time commitment

The Advisory Committee will meet on several occasions over three and a half years.

All members of the Advisory Committee are expected to attend all meetings and complete all pre-reading.

  • Five meetings over three and a half years.
  • Meeting will be approximately three hours long.
  • Meetings will be held during business hours.
  • Some meetings will require up to two hours of pre-reading.
  • All but the first meeting can be attended via skype/teleconference.
Reimbursement of your time

If selected, you will be reimbursed for your involvement. Reimbursement rates are determined by the Remuneration Tribunal at Determination 2019 and include:

  • Attendance at each meeting (sitting fees)
  • Any reading required (non-sitting fees)
  • Any travel costs (organised by Beyond Blue) to attend meetings. 

Activity Results

Expressions of interest for this position are now closed.