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Research Developments from ACER

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Australia Awards alumni visit Sydney Harbour Bridge. Image ©Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility

The Australian Council for Educational Research is leading a world first initiative to measure the long-term outcomes of Australian Government scholarships.

The Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility is a research-based project funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to evaluate the development contributions and diplomacy outcomes of Australia’s investment in Australia Awards and other Australian Government scholarships and fellowships.

Developed and managed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), the Facility collects, analyses and disseminates data from alumni of these scholarships to evaluate the ongoing impact and benefit that Australian higher education programs may be yielding around the world.

From 2016 to 2020, ACER will conduct an annual survey of at least 1000 alumni from a particular group spanning a range of graduation years and from approximately 20 different countries. ACER will also conduct a number of case studies each year to provide in-depth information to enrich understanding of alumni experiences that can inform Australia Awards management, programming, policy and strategic direction.

The following Research Developments articles summarise this work.


Case Study: Pakistan (September 2019)
Australia Awards support equality, inclusion and effective leadership in Pakistan
Alumni of Australian development scholarships are making a lasting contribution to Pakistan’s efforts to become a country upheld by governance, effective leadership and improved access to opportunities for women.

Case Study: Mozambique (August 2019)
Australian Government scholarships assist poverty reduction and zero hunger goals in Mozambique
Research demonstrates that Australia Awards alumni from Mozambique have made significant contributions to food production, disaster risk reduction and emergency response activities.

Case Study: Vietnam (August 2019)
Australia Awards Vietnam alumnae in the right place at the right time
New research into Vietnamese women who completed Australian development scholarships in the banking and finance sector provides some of the strongest evidence to date of alumnae making positive contributions to economic and public diplomacy outcomes.

Case Study: Indonesia (December 2018)
Australia Awards alumni help rebuild education sector in post-tsunami Indonesia
A new case study from the Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility finds alumni are helping to replace schools, teachers and education systems destroyed in Indonesia’s tsunami-ravaged regions.

Case Study: Solomon Islands (November 2018)
Australia Awards alumni improve health outcomes in Solomon Islands, report finds
Research reveals Australia Awards scholarships are supporting emerging leaders in the health sector in Solomon Islands to improve health outcomes in local communities.

Case Study: China (November 2018)
Australia Awards alumni lead change in Chinese health and environment policy
A report from the Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility finds alumni are contributing to improvements in water management, environmental sustainability and public health initiatives in China.

Case Study: Vanuatu (October 2018)
Strengthening law and justice in Vanuatu
Early findings from the second year of the Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility’s research into the ongoing impact of the Awards reveal benefits for communities in Vanuatu and Australia.

Case Study: Mongolia (October 2018)
Australian Alumni kicking financial goals in Mongolia
A new case study by ACER researchers has found that Australia Awards alumni from the financial sector in Mongolia are actively contributing to the country’s development goals.

Year 2 case studies overview (October 2018)
Tracing Australia’s contribution to international development
For over 60 years the Australian Government has invested in generations of global leaders, providing opportunities for study, research and professional development in Australia. ACER is evaluating the long-term outcomes of this investment.

Year 1 survey results (January 2018)
Understanding the impact of ‘Australian-made skills’
International recipients of Australian Government scholarships develop practical and transferable skills and expertise that allow them to make a difference in their chosen fields, new ACER research shows.

Year 1 project update (May 2017)
More than 1500 alumni participate in Tracer Facility fieldwork
Daniel Edwards reports on the progress of the Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility as the research program finalises fieldwork in first year and launches its website.

Project announcement (October 2016)
Tracing the steps of high achievers
ACER is gathering information about the lives and experiences of international recipients of Australian Government scholarships to evaluate public diplomacy outcomes and contribution to development around the world.


For further information visit the Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility website.

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