This report documents the evaluation of our sampling and training both to establish an evidence base, and to lay down benchmarks against which we can measure the degree to which we are fulfilling our legislated objectives
The legislated objectives of the Integrity Commission include improving the standard of conduct, propriety and ethics in public authorities in Tasmania. The Misconduct Prevention Unit fulfils this role by actively promoting integrity attitudes and practices through advice, support and education and training.
Embedded within the training process is a cycle of sampling which gathers and analyses not only policy and procedure, but perceptions, understandings and behaviours. Taken together, these constitute the structure and culture which frame and drive standards of conduct, propriety and ethics.
This report documents the evaluation of our sampling and training both to establish an evidence base, and to lay down benchmarks against which we can measure the degree to which we are fulfilling our legislated objectives.
As such, it demonstrates that:
- our sampling, training and evaluation are robust;
- perceptions of integrity, misconduct and risk in the workplace are dynamic and highly responsive to context;
- conflict of interest and use of information are commonly perceived as the most poorly managed misconduct risks, and use of resources as the best, but that current classifications of ‘risk’ are minimally useful in practice;
- organisations are generally perceived as doing “Policy” well, and “Communication” poorly;
- our training is almost universally well-received;
- we require more in-depth and longitudinal data to determine whether improvements in standards after training occur widely, or are sustained, at an organisational level;
- the ideal Integrity Commission listens proactively; speaks with an assertive voice; and is demonstrably independent;
- the Commission has a robust evidence-base to inform decision-making regarding resource allocation and targeting of interventions; and
- above all, our participants want to engage in integrity practices. The key integrity practice, and index of integrity, is listening at every level and to every voice:
This report documents the Misconduct Prevention Unit (MPU) research and evaluation activities embedded in 2019-20 training.