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Objectives

The AES Awards for Excellence in Evaluation are offered annually to members to recognise exemplary practice in evaluation in a number of categories. Each Award should have the potential to improve the quality and use of evaluation in Australasia in its category. In line with its aims, the AES expects to promote the work of Award recipients and to share it with members.

Eligibility

A nominee must have been a member of the AES for a minimum period of 12 months prior to the nomination closing date:

  • except that a nominee for the Emerging New Talent Award must have been a member at the time of nomination but is exempt from the 12-month minimum membership requirement.
  • in the case of a group nomination, at least one nominee must meet the 12-month minimum membership requirement.

A project can only be nominated in one category. If you are unsure as to which category, and criteria, best fit your project please email the Awards and Recognition Working Group co-chairs, Ian Patrick, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Wei Leng Kwok This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., in the first instance to seek their advice in confidence.

Closing date

CLOSED FOR 2018

Confidentiality

All nominations and supporting documentation are treated as commercial-in-confidence and are confidentially handled and stored, and all copies appropriately destroyed at the conclusion of the awards process by the AES and the Awards Panel judges.

Assessment criteria

The awards are judged using three criteria. The first two criteria, professionalism and ethical conduct, must be clearly demonstrated, while the third will be assessed on a scale against the attributes relevant to the category:

  • Professionalism
  • Ethical conduct
  • Excellence of the evaluation work

The principles of professionalism and ethical conduct mainly apply to the role of the evaluator and/or the evaluation team. The principle of excellence is mainly concerned with evaluation practice and products.

Professionalism
The evaluation team/person demonstrates high professional standards especially in dealing with challenges presented in their work. Relevant professional bodies have statements of applicable professional standards.

Ethical conduct
The evaluation team/person demonstrates high standards high standards of ethical conduct, including adherence to the AES Code of Ethics and AES Guidelines for the Ethical Conduct of Evaluations. In particular, nominations will demonstrate, where appropriate, an understanding of the special ethical considerations involved in evaluation work with Indigenous people, and the vulnerability or disempowerment of people in dependent or unequal relationships

Excellence of the evaluation work    

The evaluation work (or person) should demonstrate attributes of excellence in ways relevant to the award category:
3.1 Sound use of evaluation theory and approaches.
3.2 High quality and effective practice in consultation, design, planning, data collection, analysis and reporting.
3.3 Stakeholders highly satisfied with the evaluation work and its use or impact.
3.4 Significant contribution to utility and knowledge in the domain in which the evaluation is conducted.
3.5 Innovative approaches that contribute to, or that have the potential to contribute to evaluation knowledge and practice.
3.6 Outstanding contribution to the body of evaluation knowledge, for example through education, training, mentoring, writing, speaking on professional issues.
3.7 Outstanding contribution to attaining AES objects.

The attributes of excellence apply to the award categories as outlined in the list below:

  • Evaluation Study or Project Award – Attributes 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 and 3.5
  • Evaluation Policy and Systems Award – Attributes 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 and 3.5
  • Community Development Evaluation Award – Attributes 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 and 3.5
  • Indigenous Evaluation Award – Attributes 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 and 3.5
  • Evaluation Publication (Caulley Tulloch) Award – Attributes 3.1, 3.4 and 3.6
  • Public Sector Evaluation Award – Attributes 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 and 3.5
  • Emerging New Talent Award – Attributes 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4
  • Outstanding Contribution to Evaluation Award – Attributes 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.6 and 3.7

Awards and Recognition Working Group 2018

  • April Bennett
  • Dana Cross
  • Richard Cummings
  • Wei Leng Kwok (Co-chair)
  • David McDonald
  • Ian Patrick (Co-chair)
  • Mathea Roorda