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The AES launched the Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan at the aes18 Gala Awards Dinner, held 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.
In evaluation, a good mentor can help you navigate the perplexing terrain of diverse schools of thought on what evaluation is about and how it should be done. Their guidance can help you avoid the pitfalls which can occur when you are translating a plan into practice. And their insight into where the profession of evaluation has been can help you shape where evaluation is going.
The 18 AES Fellows have over 550 years of experience between them. There is certainly a lot we could learn from them.
Over the next year, Anthea Rutter, an AES Fellow herself, as well as Research Fellow at the Centre for Program Evaluation, will be picking their brains on their influences, the challenges they’ve overcome, the skills evaluators will need now and into the future, how the discipline has changed, and where they think it is headed.
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At the Gala Awards Dinner, we celebrated excellence in evaluation. Congratulations to the 2018 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.
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).
Brad Cook and David Morton from the Australian Government Department of Finance, whose article 'Evaluators and the enhanced Commonwealth Performance Framework' was published in the September 2018 edition of the EJA.
Brad and David are pictured below with AES past President and previous EJA Editor Lyn Alderman and current AES President John Stoney.
AES has a comprehensive program of professional learning activities with a strong regional approach: workshops, seminars, breakfasts and the annual AES conference. Non-members are always welcome to our events.