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We leave aes18 with new learnings, renewed energy and revitalised connections. We thank Aunty Nola for the Welcome to Country. We thank our key note speakers; Michael Quinn Paton, Kate McKegg, Penny Hagen, Karol Olejniczak, Sharon Gollan and Kathleen Stacey; and this year's co-conveners Jess Dart and Dan Borg and the aes18 conference committee; with your collective contribution and Duncan Rintoul’s facilitation, the conference was stimulating, interactive and inclusive. We thank all our delegates for travelling to Launceston and participating in the many sessions on offer.

The aim of aes18 was to provide insight and guidance on how to transform your practice in our rapidly changing world. Michael Quinn Patton challenged us to think globally about systems change. Penny Hagen opened up the world of design and the use of system thinking at community level. Karol Olejniczak showed us how to use game theory to evaluate prototypes.

The launch of the AES’ Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan was a highlight for aes18. The RAP sets the direction for the AES to improve evaluation’s engagement, respect for and collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people. With this important perspective, Sharon Gollan and Kathleen Stacey asked us to challenge power when it is denying inclusion.

Photos are here. Conference presentations will be available on the AES website in late this year.

The AES Blog team invites you to submit your reflections on the conference:


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The AES launched the Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan at the aes18 Gala Awards Dinner, held on Wednesday evening at the Albert Hall Launceston. The RAP is the result of more than a year of collaborative work by the Cultural Capacity and Diversity Committee (CCDC), and the Board. We encourage all AES members to actively engage with the initiatives and activities presented in this Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan, as we work together to improve evaluation’s engagement, respect for and collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.



At the Gala Awards Dinner, we celebrated excellence in evaluation. Congratulations to this year's AES Awards for Excellence in Evaluation winners: 

Evaluation Study or Project Award

Queensland Government’s Office of the Commonwealth Games, Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games
And the evaluation team of Mark Douglas, Robert Grimshaw, Nicolette Pavlovski, Sean Conway, Kelly Reynolds, Joanne Ryan and Meghan Purcell
For the Evaluation and Monitoring Framework for the Embracing 2018 Legacy Program

Indigenous Evaluation Award

Gill Potaka-Osborne and Lynley Cvitanovic of Whakauae Research Services; Maaki Tuatini and Roberta Williams of Te Oranganui Trust; and Raetihi Pah
For the Te Puawai O Te Ahi Kaa Evaluation

Outstanding Contribution to Evaluation Award

Dr Jess Dart

We also welcomed Dr Gill Westhorp as a new AES Fellow recognising her significant contribution to the AES and Realist evaluation.

Rosalind Hurworth Prize - 2018 winner

Each year at the annual conference we award a prize to the best full-text paper in honour of Associate Professor Rosalind Hurworth, long time and dedicated editor of the Evaluation Journal of Australasia (EJA).

Congratulations to 
David Morton and Brad Cook :‘Evaluators and the enhanced Commonwealth performance framework’

Introducing the AES Board members and thank you to the outgoing Board members

The AES welcomes John Stoney as incoming President, and Susan Garner as an Ordinary Board member. The AES Board sadly farewells and thanks Dr Lyn Alderman, the outgoing President and Liz Smith the outgoing Vice President and Jess Dart, the outgoing Treasurer

This year's Annual Report can be downloaded here.

The AES Board extends a huge thanks to Bill Wallace, Chief Executive Officer and Conference Director and Michelle Wightwick, Membership and Events Officer and Conference Manager


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