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Design and Evaluation for Impact | 22 & 23 July 2019

9:00–5:00 | Mantra Bell City | 215 Bell St, Preston, Victoria

Presented by Australian Evaluation Society with Auckland Co-design Lab, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI), Developmental Evaluation Institute, and Clear Horizon Consulting

This special two-day event explores the proposition that the disciplines of design and evaluation, when combined, hold promise to deliver social impact more effectively and rapidly. The event includes two pre-event workshops for designers and evaluators respectively, then a “converge” day where we come together to explore the topic “We are better together! Design and Evaluation for Impact.

Monday: pre-event workshops

  • Codesign and evaluation for social innovation, presented by Penny Hagen, Auckland Co-design Lab, The Southern Initiative, Auckland Council, OR
  • Evaluation across the design cycle, presented by Jess Dart, Clear Horizon Consulting

Tuesday: converge

For full details and to register click here. Early bird prices closing Friday 5th July.

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Reconciliation Action Plan

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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.  


AES Blog - Meet the Fellows series

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.

So far, Anthea has interviewed Anona Armstrong, Patricia Rogers and John Owen with more to follow. Go to https://www.aes.asn.au/blog.html for all the latest blogs.


aes18 International Evaluation Conference, Launceston

Many of the presentations from last year's aes18 International Evaluation Conference are now available for download.

Click here to access presentations.

Click here to access cartoons.

Click here for 2018 AES Conference photo galleries.


2018 Awards for Excellence in Evaluation

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.

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:
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. 

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