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Update on AES Awards for Excellence in Evaluation

You will be aware that the aes21 International Evaluation Conference, Through the Lens, will be held at the Brisbane Convention Centre, 27 September to 1 October 2021.

The AES Awards for Excellence in Evaluation is now also being postponed and will recommence in 2021, to align with the conference. This postponement decision has been made with regret, as the annual Awards is an important mechanism to acknowledge and celebrate evaluation excellence among our members and with the evaluation community.

We look forward to re-opening the Awards in March 2021, and announcing our winners at the aes21 Gala Awards Dinner in Brisbane on Wednesday 29th September 2021.

2019 Awards for Excellence in Evaluation

At the Gala Awards Dinner, we celebrated excellence in evaluation. Congratulations to the 2019 AES Awards for Excellence in Evaluation winners: 


Evaluation Policy and Systems Award

Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Centre for Evaluation and Research 

Indigenous Evaluation Award

Aboriginal Evidence Building Partnership Pilot

  • ARTD Consultants Simon Jordan, Sue Leahy, Ruby Leahy Gatfield, Kieran Sobels, Christine Eastman, Stephanie Quail, Imogen Williams, Holly Kovac
  • Aboriginal Evidence Building Team, Their Futures Matter: Nattlie Smith, Sharon Macleod
  • Coffs Harbour Aboriginal Community Centre Inc (Abcare): Garry Mathews, Greg Bennett, Trent Matthews
  • Tirkandi Inaburra Cultural and Development Centre: Matt Watts, Damien Thorne, Beverley Tucker, Department of Communities, and Justice Troy Mott, Department of Education


2019 Awards nomination webinar

Nominators are strongly encouraged to view this webinar on the Awards. The webinar covers the steps involved in the nomination process, the different Awards categories, and how to ensure a complete nomination is submitted.


The AES Awards for Excellence in Evaluation are designed to encourage and recognise outstanding contributions to the theory, practice and use of evaluation. Different awards are focused on different areas of the evaluation field such as the conduct of discrete program evaluations, development of evaluation systems, and for evaluation related publications.

The annual awards provide significant peer recognition for leading evaluators, leading evaluations, evaluation best practice and emerging evaluators. Receiving an award offers significant peer recognition that has often proven an important contributor to professional and commercial success, and academic career progression.

The AES views evaluations as a partnership between the commissioner, the evaluator and the participants of the project. The awards recognise the role of all the partners to an evaluation project, not just the evaluators.

The AES encourages all Award recipients to play an active role in promoting excellence in evaluation. Award recipients will be asked to consider ways in which their knowledge and experience may be shared with others, and may be asked to contribute to articles and other promotions about the Awards.

Previous awards recipients

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