In consultation with AES member representative bodies, the board conducted a review of the strategic plan during 2015. The member consultation informed the development of draft strategic statements which were reviewed by member representatives at the 2015 AES Leaders’ Forum. Informed by this review, the Board formally adopted the 2016-2019 Strategic Plan to inform the AES’s work during from July 2016 to June 2019:
- Cultural capacity: Strengthen and build Indigenous and non‐Indigenous capacity in culturally safe evaluation theory, practice and use.
- Influence: Promote the use of evaluation and evaluative thinking by agencies and organisations.
- Professionalism: Strengthen the capacity and professionalism of the evaluation sector.
- Relevance: Strengthen the value proposition of AES membership.
- Organisational sustainability: Maintain good governance and broaden our revenue base.
To support the Strategy, the Board restructured the AES Committees and decided that each Committee will be led by a Board member. The Regional Network committees and Special Interest Groups will continue in their roles.
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AES Committee Structure
Board Advisory Committees
Cultural Capacity and Diversity
Chairs: Sharon Clarke
The purpose of the Cultural Capacity and Diversity Committee is to contribute to building a Society of evaluators with an appreciation for, understanding of, and capacity to undertake, high quality Indigenous Evaluation by:
- guiding and advising the AES Board and its members on the importance of cultural competence in evaluation theory and practice to ensure quality evaluation and best practice
- ascertaining the needs of new and emerging, mid-level and senior Indigenous evaluators
- developing processes, policies and programmes which strengthen the capacity and capability of Indigenous evaluators of all levels
- supporting those members of the Society working with Indigenous communities to do so in a culturally competent manner
- advising the AES Board on the importance of building relationships, skills, and systems to better include Indigenous voices in evaluation
- ensuring the work of the Cultural Capacity and Diversity Committee incorporates and is responsive to the work of the Learning and Professional Practice Committee, Advocacy and Alliances Committee, Membership Services and Engagement Committee.
Finance and Audit
Chair: Jess Dart
The purpose of the Finance and Audit Committee is to assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with regard to financial management of the AES, the management of risk, and the conduct of audit requirements.
Learning and Professional Practice
Chair: Sue Leahy
The purpose of this committee is to strengthen the capacity and professionalism of the evaluation sector:
- by advising the Board on professionalism and professional practice, including the standards and ethical guidelines that should apply to AES members to effectively promote evaluation theory and practice in Australasia.
- guiding and advising the AES Board in order to promote the Society’s leadership in professional learning in evaluation and to guide the development, promotion and implementation of an annual program of professional learning activities in evaluation.
- ensuring the work of the Learning and Professional Practice Committee incorporates and is responsive to the work of the Cultural Capacity Committee, Advocacy and Alliance Committee, and Membership Services and Engagement Committee.
Advocacy and Alliances
Chair: John Stoney
The purpose of this committee is to promote the use of evaluation and evaluative thinking by Australasian agencies and organisations by:
- guiding and advising the AES Board on the promotion of evaluative thinking and evaluation standards
- advising the AES Board on advocacy and alliances opportunities to strengthen the reputation of the AES nationally and internationally
- ensuring the work of the Advocacy and Alliances Committee incorporates and is responsive to the work of the Cultural Capacity Committee, Learning and Professional Practice Committee and Membership Services and Engagement Committee.
Member Services and Engagement
Chair: Liz Smith
The purpose of this committee is to strengthen the value proposition of AES membership by:
- considering and recommending to the AES Board policies and systems to effectively engage with members and increase the value of AES membership.
- developing and overseeing activities and initiatives aimed at meeting the strategic objective of enhancing the value of membership of the AES.
- ensuring the work of the Member Services committee incorporates and is responsive to the work of the Cultural Capacity Committee, and other committees.
2017 Canberra Conference Committee
Convenors: Julie Elliott
AES Member Regional Networks
AES Members are encouraged to become involved with their local Regional Network Committee. The Regional Networks provide networking and seminar events in each region, assist in the planning of the professional learning program, and advise the Board and AES committees on member issues in their region. Please contact your region's convenor for more information.
Special Interest Groups and Communities of Practice
Members are encouraged to form Special Interest Groups (SIGs), or Communities of Practice, around areas of common interest. More information.