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									Australian Universities Quality Agency
                Outline
1. Overview
2. What is a Good Practice?
3. Selection and Refereeing
4. Template and Topics
5. Impact of GPDB
6. Discussion or Questions?

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1. Overview




      Au s t r a l i a n U n i v e r s i t i e s Q u a l i t y Ag e n c y
             Good Practice

A good practice is a system or activity
commended through national audit
processes by AUQA as adding value for the
auditee and its stakeholders that can be
adapted and transferred to other
organisational settings.




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     Good Practice Database (GPDB)

•   academic online platform
•   contributes to sharing experiences
•   serves improvement purposes
•   collaborative project




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•   searchable collection
•   verified Good Practices
•   with the permission of the auditees
•   made freely available
•   via the AUQA Good Practice Database




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               Why GPDB?
• felt need
• no publicly accessible Good Practice
  database
• with information about actual and verified
  Good Practices
• across a comprehensive range of HE activity




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• to assist improvement efforts
• an appropriate acknowledgement,
  domestically and to the world
• a key resource for HE practitioners and
  managers
• first point of reference for Auditees seeking
  information on good practices



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• launched on 27 November 2003
• accessed over 152,714 times
• AUQA views this as one of the most
  effective means of enhancing quality.




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2. What is a Good Practice?




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• ‘Good Practices’ as opposed to ‘Best
  Practices’

• the practice is able to be defined in terms of
  a complete Approach-Deployment-Results-
  Improvements (ADRI) cycle followed for
  AUQA audits, even though it may not
  necessarily be assessed as ‘good’ in all ADRI
  dimensions


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• the practice has been demonstrated as
  providing benefit to stakeholders

• benchmarking or other external points of
  reference indicate that the practice and
  consequential results are superior to most
  comparators



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• the practice is fully understood (it is verified
  that the outcomes are a deliberate
  consequence of the practice rather than
  serendipity)

• the success of the practice has been
  independently verified (as could happen via
  the audit process or via reviews).


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3. Selection and Refereeing




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• Source — AUQA Audit Reports
• The Audit Directors identify and select
  commendations in the Audit Report
• Submission of good practices to the AUQA
  GPDB is by invitation only
• Submissions are to be made in a template
• Each Good Practice, having been prepared
  in accordance with the required template,
  is submitted to external referees for a
  final ‘confirmation’

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            Refereeing Criteria
• it reads coherently and provides sufficient
  information to assist a User in their
  improvement efforts;
• it is potentially transferable, and promulgation
  of the practice would add value to, and be in
  the best interests of, the HE sector; and
• as resubmitted, the Good Practice is neither
  significantly different from, nor of lesser
  quality than, the audited practice as originally
  reported in the AUQA Audit Report.
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Only evidence used to make these
determinations:
• selected Good Practice in the template format
• any accompanying attachments
• the original Audit Report
• it is not a re-audit. Referees do not judge
  whether the selected Good Practice is actually
  “good”
• they do not compare one selected Good
  Practice against another.

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4. Template and Topics




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          Good Practice Format

• standardised formatting — template
• template contains the following sub-headings:
• Goal, Context, Practice, Evidence of Success,
  Resources Required and Notes.
• linked to the Contributor’s institution
• contact details of an appropriate person




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               Topic Types
•   Accreditation and Approval
•   Community and Industry Engagement
•   Governance
•   Indigenous
•   International Activities
•   IT and Library
•   Management Planning and Review
•   Research and Consultancy
•   Research Training
•   Staff
•   Students
•   Support Services
•   Teaching and Learning
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5. Impact of GPDB




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5. Impact of GPDB




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5. Impact of GPDB




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5. Impact of GPDB




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            5. Impact of GPDB
• As a consultant and as a member of IEAA PD
  committee I often use this database as a resource.
  It is a great starting point for providers.
• Good provider of potential benchmarking partners
• Keep them coming. Although all of us are very
  busy, these are most useful contributions and
  highly valued and appreciated! Thank you so much.
• The only improvement would be more examples of
  good practice.



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6. Now search to GPDB
     on the Web!


 http://www.auqa.edu.au



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