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During 2019, in consultation with AES members and their representative bodies, the Board conducted a review of the 2016–2019 strategic priorities. Rather than making a radical strategy 2019 250change to the existing strategic domains the board’s view was that the current strategic domains (Cultural Capacity, Influence, Professionalism, Relevance, and Organisational stability) were still appropriate, with some rationalisation and minor changes in emphasis. This process reduced the domains from five to four. A member consultation confirmed the board’s direction and supported the suggested strategic domains and desired outcomes. Informed by the positive consultation, the board formally adopted the 2019–2022 Strategic Priorities in August 2019.

The 2019 – 2022 domains are:
Cultural Capacity: Indigenous and non-Indigenous capacity in culturally safe evaluation theory, practice and use.
Pathways: Clear professional and career pathways.
Relationships: Collaboration and partnerships to strengthen the field of evaluation.
Vitality: An organisation meeting diverse member needs today and tomorrow.

To support the achievement of the strategy and to advise the Board, we are seeking AES members to volunteers to sit on the newly structured strategic advisory committees.
Each committee’s focus will be on a strategic domain and will play an advisory role to the Board and work to support and enact the AES Strategic Plan 2019–2022.
The main function of each committee will be to advise the Board on:

  • Current Strategy (e.g. existing Domain priorities, matters referred by the Board)
  • Emergent Strategy (e.g. bring new/nascent/emerging issues to the Board’s attention)
  • Operational Strategy (e.g. oversee and provide governance for discrete projects these undertaken by project teams whose membership would draw upon the broader AES membership)

The Advisory Committees

Indigenous Culture and Diversity Committee (replaces Cultural Capacity & Diversity), supporting Cultural Capacity domain, membership is drawn exclusively from Indigenous members of the AES.
Pathways Committee (replaces Learning and Professional Practice), supporting the Pathways domain, membership open to members of the AES with the skills to support this domain.
Relationships Committee (replaces Advocacy and Alliance), supporting the Relationships domain, membership open to members of the AES with the skills to support this domain.
Vitality Committee (replaces Membership & Alliances), supporting the Vitality domain, membership drawn from Regional Network Committee Convenors or their delegate. Note that Vitality is also supported by the Finance and Audit standing committee.

Each Committee will be chaired by at least one Board member. Board standing committee, Finance and Risk, remains unchanged, as do standing working groups and membership groups.

Call for volunteers

At this stage we are calling for AES Members to nominate, or re-nominate, for the following two committees:
Relationships Committee (formally Advocacy and Alliances Committee)
Pathways Committee (formally Learning and Professional Practice)

We are looking for 6 to 8 members in each committee.

Project teams

In early 2020 there will be other opportunities for members to volunteer to sit on project teams. Projects teams will be:

  • Under the auspice of the Board and one or more advisory committee
  • Time limited groups, with a clear goal and end point
  • Be supervised by one or more advisory committees, and managed by the CEO
  • Representative of the diversity of the AES membership
  • Wherever possible are supported by a paid project manager

Click here for a PDF of the AES Committee Structure.

Tenure and Commitment

Committee membership is for a 2-year period commencing in February 2020. Committee members will participate in regular meetings, held every six weeks (via Zoom virtual meetings), or more frequently as required, to:

  • construct a terms of reference for the Committee
  • attend to the Committee’s function and terms of reference with reasonable care and diligence
  • read and contribute to the development of discussion papers or proposals
  • examine new proposals to test whether they are in the best interests of the AES
  • be willing to ask hard questions, even if others seem unconcerned.

From time to time, Committee members will have responsibility to oversee specific projects between, and outside of, meetings to help achieve strategic objectives of the AES. This will often involve working across AES Committees.

Total time commitment: It is expected that the total time commitment for a Committee member will not  exceed 8 hours a month. Occasionally this may increase for a specific project.

AES Membership Eligibility Requirements

  • Members of all membership categories who are current in their membership fees may nominate themselves for a Committee position.
  • A member would not normally sit on more than one Committee. However, you can express an interest in two Committees and nominate your first preference.


Appointment to a position on a Committee is subject to Board approval. All applicants will be advised of the status of their applications by late Febraury. The first meeting that new members will be asked to attend will be organised by using Doodle and will occur within a month of 3 February 2020..


The capabilities expected of Committee members include, but are not limited to:

  • leadership and initiative
  • communication
  • creative thinking
  • collaborative and participative approach
  • commitment and passion and help drive the AES strategy.


All Committee members will have a commitment to, and responsibility for, the following elements of good governance:

  • Accountability – taking shared responsibility for the operations and impact of the Committee
  • Transparency – ensuring that information about the Committee’s activities is accessible to the AES Board
  • Disclosure – being open to scrutiny and dealing effectively with potential conflicts of interest
  • Independence – maintaining a collective decision making culture and independence from outside direction or interests.

Benefits of Committee membership

Contributing to the growth and development of the AES and advancing the cause of evaluation can be very fulfilling. You will be working with like-minded people and have the opportunity to enhance your professional skills and experience.

Application for Expression of Interest

All applications are to be submitted via the forms linked below and consist of three questions addressing the following assessment criteria:

  1. A brief description of your reason/s for wishing to join the Sub-Committee (100 word limit)
  2. A brief overview of your evaluation life and context (150 word limit)
  3. A brief description of the skills you will bring to the committee (150 word limit)

Please submit your application by TUESDAY 4 February 2020

Note: You may nominate for up to two committees. However, a member would not normally be asked to sit on more than one committee. You will be asked for your preferred committee on the EOI form.

Nomination forms (via SurveyMonkey)

Relationships Committee (formally Advocacy and Alliances Committee)

Pathways Committee (formally Learning and Professional Practice)

Submission deadline

Expressions of interest must be received by TUESDAY 4 February 2020.