aes20 International Evaluation Conference
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Thank you to the almost 600 delegates who joined us for the three-day conference program and over 200 delegates who attended the conference workshops. The conference was stimulating, interactive and inclusive and the organising committee thank the delegates for travelling to Sydney and participating in the many sessions on offer.
Congratulations and thank you to the Indigenous emerging evaluators who received an aes19 Conference Support Grant.
Thanks to our keynote speakers: Tracy Westerman, David Fetterman, Gary VanLandingham and Jane Davidson. Tracy Westerman compelled us to think differently to address Indigenous suicide: by weaving personal story & passion with a strong case for change. David Fetterman picked up the thread of listening to community and recognising the expertise they bring to the table, when he spoke about empowerment evaluation. Gary VanLandingham took us beyond the box of individual program evaluations to evidence clearinghouses. Jane Davidson addressed the issues that had been bubbling since day one & un-boxed the core of our work: values. We can't be value-neutral - we should be guided by how well programs work for the people who have historically experienced the most marginalisation.
Thanks go to our beyond the box panel: Jess Dart, Kate McKegg, Jacqueline (Jax) Wechsler, Adrian Field & Jen Riley, as well as facilitator Dr. Emily Verstege, who took up Ingrid Burkett's provocations to think beyond programs to systems and thank you also to our un-conferencers and the delegates who joined our keynote speakers for the final panel session.
The aes19 photo album is available on the Australian Evaluation Society's Facebook page. Click here for link and don't forget to give us a like.
The AES Blog team invites you to submit your reflections on the conference: www.aes.asn.au/blog and presenters please consider submitting your paper for including in the Evaluation Journal of Australasia (EJA). For more details click here.
At the Gala Awards Dinner, we celebrated excellence in evaluation. Congratulations to the 2019 AES Awards for Excellence in Evaluation winners:
Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Centre for Evaluation and Research
At the recent Annual General Meeting of the AES, it was announced that Sue Leahy was elected as Vice President, Carina Calzoni as Treasurer, and that Sharon Clarke and Kiri Parata were elected as Ordinary Board members.
Whilst welcoming the new board members, the AES President John Stoney thanked outgoing board members Jess Dart and Doyen Radcliffe, as well as Liz Smith and Dan Borg who left the Board during the year.
Click here for more details on the AES Board.
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 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.