AES Alert: 13th February 2020
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13 february 2020
Call for Conference Workshop Proposals, closes Mon 17 Feb
If you are considering submitting a workshop proposal don't delay as they close in a few day's time, on Monday 17 February 2020. Click here to submit.
Call for conference proposals including Ignite presentations, closes 2 March
The call for conference proposal is closing on Monday 2 March 2020 - For information about the submission process, go to https://conference2020.aes.asn.au/index.php/call-for-proposals/conference-proposals
For more information about the conference and the submission process, go to https://conference2020.aes.asn.au.
Proposal submission deadlines
Conference workshop proposals: 17 February 2020
Conference presentation proposals: 2 March 2020
Ignite presentations: 2 March 2020
Conference presenters will be notified of acceptance during May 2020.
Interested in reviewing conference proposals?
We are seeking your assistance to review the conference proposals. The call for conference proposals closes on 2 March 2020. If you volunteer, you will need to review the proposals between 16 and 30 March 2020. If you are interested, please register here.
AES STRATEGIC PRIORITIES 2019-2022
In 2019 Board conducted a review of the 2016–2019 strategic priorities. Rather than making a radical change 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, and launched them at the 2019 AGM in Sydney.
The AES blog series 'Meet the Fellows' continues this year... first up is Gill Westhorp. Click on the link below for this insightful read.
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING EVENTS
WORKSHOPS - March 2020
Canberra: Thursday 12th March 2020
Date and time: Thursday 12th March 2020, 9am to 5pm (registration from 8.30am) (and Sydney: Friday 13th March 2020)
This workshop provides an overview of the origins and evolution of evaluation theory. Attention to theory in evaluation has focused predominantly on program theory and few evaluation practitioners have received formal training in evaluation theory. This workshop seeks to remedy this by introducing a framework for conceptualising different theories of evaluation and a set of criteria to support critical thinking about the practice-theory relationship in evaluation.
Participant will learn about:
Case examples will be used to illustrate why evaluation theory matters and how different theoretical perspectives can inform, shape and guide the design and conduct of evaluations in different practice settings.
This workshop aligns with competencies in the AES Evaluator’s Professional Learning Competency Framework. The identified domains are:
Who should attend?
The workshop is designed for both new and experienced evaluators and commissioners of evaluation.
About the facilitator
Brad Astbury is a Director at ARTD Consulting and works out of the Melbourne office. He has over 18 years of experience in evaluation and applied social research and considerable expertise in combining diverse forms of evidence to improve both the quality and utility of evaluation. He has managed and conducted needs assessments, process and impact studies and theory-driven evaluations across a wide range of policy areas for industry, government, community and not-for-profit clients. Prior to joining ARTD, Brad worked for over a decade at the University of Melbourne where he taught and mentored postgraduate evaluation students.
Sydney: Friday 13th March 2020
Adelaide: Friday 13th March 2020
Date and time: Friday 13th March 2020, 9am to 5pm (registration from 8.30am)
This workshop is aimed at those who are new or inexperienced in the evaluation field. Its purpose is to outline the key concepts, terms and approaches that are relevant to commissioning or conducting evaluation projects. The workshop will step through the set of activities that are most often involved in framing, conducting and reporting on evaluation findings. It will also introduce participants to the AES Evaluators’ Professional Learning Competency Framework, along with further sources for new evaluators to continue building their skills and knowledge in this field.
Brisbane: Tuesday 17th March 2020
Date and time: Tuesday 17th March 2020, 9am to 5pm (registration from 8.30am) please note this event has been postponed
This one-day course has been custom designed for people who want to commission better evaluations. It is for people with a role in planning, commissioning and managing evaluations. It is suitable for beginners through to those with a few years' experience.
The training is interactive and hands-on, with lots of practical examples and group activities through the day to keep the blood pumping and the brain ticking. It will provide you with tools that you can start using immediately..
Perth: Thursday 26th March 2020
Date and time: POSTPONED
This workshop is offered in partnership with Institute for Public Administration Australia WA (IPAA WA)
Program logic is a simplified model of expected cause-and-effect relationships between activities, immediate changes, intermediate outcomes and final outcomes. This workshop introduces the program logic concept and lays out a step by step process for creating a logic model. The workshop concludes with an overview of how this logic model can be used for program design and to be the spine of a monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement framework.
Canberra: 30th March, 31st March, 1st April, 2nd April 2020
POSTPONED: Designing and Implementing a Monitoring and Evaluation System workshop (30, 31 March, 1, 2 April 2020 Canberra)
Workshop title: Designing and Implementing a Monitoring and Evaluation System
People can choose to participate in the full program or part of the program dependent upon their experience and needs
About the 4-day Intensive Workshop
Designing and implementing a Monitoring and Evaluation System for a program or an organisation is becoming an increasingly important task required to support the assessment of agreed results and to aid organisational learning for program improvement. A robust and well-considered Monitoring and Evaluation System is also required to determine the scope and parameters of routine monitoring and periodic evaluation processes; to identify how monitoring and evaluation data will be collected and analysed; and to determine how data will be used to inform learning and reporting for accountability, program improvement and decision-making. The Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (PGPA) Act (2013) and the Department of Finance Resource Management Guide No.131 ‘Developing Good Performance Information’ (April 2015) affirm the importance of planning to identify program intentionality and to outline how a program’s performance will be measured and assessed.
Melbourne: Monday 23rd - Tuesday 24th March 2020
Date and Time: This event has been postponed until further notice.
The aim of this workshop is to explore practice issues and strategies for the design, implementation and utilisation of developmental evaluation. As developmental evaluation (DE) becomes more widespread, there is a growing range of applications and experiences. DE is increasingly an accompaniment to place-based work, social innovation, systems change initiatives, and co-design. This workshop will examine the implications of DE in these contexts, and practical strategies and considerations for evaluation design and implementation.
The workshop will begin by clarifying the niche and purpose of DE, using practice-based examples and discussing the considerations needed for different contexts. We’ll outline ways in which organisations and initiatives can assess readiness for a DE and explore the dynamics of innovation and what they mean for evaluation.
Then, diving into how to carry out a DE, we’ll explore the eight DE principles. The facilitators will share our real-world experiences of applying these principles in different contexts, milieu and change traditions. We’ll also propose the capabilities and dispositions required to be an effective developmental evaluator, highlighting the need to balance technical and adaptive expertise. Another important issue we’ll encompass is the management of DE, in terms of building trust, dealing with difficult issues, and the products we create.
Finally, we’ll suggest methods, approaches and indicators for DE, examining how they link to the DE principles as well as the essential values of impact, exploration and rigour. As part of this discussion, we’ll also cover how to use sensemaking and facilitation as part of DE.
The objective is this workshop are:
This workshop aligns with competencies in the AES Evaluator’s Professional Learning Competency Framework. The identified domains are:
Who should attend?
This workshop is for experienced evaluators and social innovation practitioners. Participants are expected to have led, commissioned, managed or directly engaged in some way in at least one developmental evaluation.
About the facilitators
This session will be co-led by three leading developmental evaluators, Jamie Gamble (Canada), Kate McKegg (New Zealand) and Jess Dart (Australia).
Jamie Gamble is the Principal of the Canadian consulting firm, Imprint Consulting Inc. He has led or supported over 50 developmental evaluations in diverse fields including social innovation labs, poverty reduction, environmental protection, economic development, public health, social justice, citizen engagement, and the arts. Jamie is an evaluation advisor for several philanthropic foundations and public institutions including the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Atkinson Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Jamie is the author of A Developmental Evaluation Primer which has become a key resource to the social innovation field. He is also an affiliated consultant with the TruePoint Center (Boston, USA) and is Faculty at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Banff, Canada).
Kate McKegg has specialist skills in supporting evaluative thinking and practice in complex settings where people are innovating to create systems change. She has been applying these skills for over 25 years in government, non-government, philanthropic and community contexts, including many indigenous settings..
Kate is a founding member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA), serving as Convenor from 2008–2010, and again from 2014–2016. With Michael Quinn Patton and Nan Wehipeihana, she co-edited Developmental Evaluation: Real World Applications, Adapted Tools, Questions Answered, Emergent Issues, Lessons Learned, and Essential Principles (2015). In 2019, Kate (and other colleagues) received the American Evaluation Association award for Excellence in Evaluation. Along with Nan Wehipeihana, Kataraina Pipi and Veronica Thompson she is also a recipient of the Australasian Evaluation Society 2013 Best Evaluation Policy and Systems Award. Both awards are for developmental evaluations.
Jess Dart: Inventor of practical methodologies and highly demanded facilitator, Jess navigates complexity with comfort and helps her clients to clarify their desired outcomes and how to get there. Jess has over 25 years’ experience in evaluating and designing social change initiatives in Australia and overseas. She is passionate about developing real-world evaluation and strategy for social justice and sustainability. In particular, she works with systems change interventions, large-scale strategy and social innovation.
In 2018, Jess received the Australian Evaluation Society’s Outstanding Contribution to Evaluation Award. Among her many achievements, she co-authored the Most Significant Change (MSC) guide alongside Dr Rick Davies, which is now translated into 12 different languages. More recently, she invented Collaborative Outcomes Reporting (COR), a collaborative form of participatory impact evaluation.
Brisbane: Monday 6th April 2020
POSTPONED: Addressing Social Isolation and Loneliness: Insights and perspectives through research and evaluation. AES + AMSRS QLD Joint Symposium (Brisbane, 6 April 2020)
Please note that this event has been postponed until further notice.
Date and Time: Monday 6th April 2020, 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm (registration from 12pm), followed by networking drinks
Melbourne: Wednesday 19th February 2020
Date and time: Wednesday 19th February 2020 5.30 - 7.00pm
Sydney: Thursday 27th February 2020
Seminar: Buddhist Evaluation: demonstrating an approach to repackaging Western-derived methods to incorporate diverse world views
Date and Time: Thursday 27th February 2020 4.00 - 5.30pm (followed by networking drinks from 5.30pm, basement bar area Martin Place GPO)
Wellington: Friday 28th February 2020
Date and time: Friday 28th February 2020 12.30 – 1.30 pm NB: new times
Canberra: Tuesday 3rd March 2020
Date and time: Tuesday 3rd March 2020. 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Brisbane: Wednesday 4th March 2020
Date and time: Wednesday 4th March 2020 12:30 - 1.30pm
Canberra: Wednesday 11th March 2020
Date and time: Wednesday 11th March 2020. 12.30pm - 1.30pm (rescheduled date and time)
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ANZEA2020: Call for contributions and EOIs for Pre and Post Conference Workshops
The ANZEA Board and Co-convenors warmly invite your proposals and workshop EOIs to contribute to a successful ANZEA2020. For full details on the theme and what to consider before making your submission please click here. ANZEA conferences are the premier event for evaluation in Aotearoa, don't miss your chance to be a part of the discussion.
To submit your proposal for a contribution, please click here. Proposals are due by Friday 20th March.
To submit your EOI for a workshop please click here. Submit your EOI by 6th March 2020.
Submit Your Evaluation 2020 Proposals - now open
AEA is now accepting session proposal submissions for Evaluation 2020, taking place October 26 – 31 in Portland, Oregon. This is your chance to present in front of a global audience of more than 3,000 colleagues! The 2020 theme, How Will You Shine Your Light?, explores the expression of humanity's light through evaluation practice. For more information click here. Submissions close 18th March 2020.
Build your evaluation and impact measurement skills with the Clear Horizon Academy.
Clear Horizon Academy have just launched their 2020 Training calendar, featuring new online and face-to-face courses sharing innovation and best practice in the field. There are only 5 spots left for their in-depth Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning course, happening in Melbourne 24-28 February – so if you’re interested, get in touch with CHA today.
Australian Institute of Family Studies 2020 Conference - program released
The AIFS 2020 Conference will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 9–12 June 2020. The conference theme is What is a good life for families? And how do we get there? The program includes six plenary sessions, five pre-conference workshops and 212 oral presentations all focused on the wellbeing of families. To see the preliminary program, click here. Early bird registrations close on Friday 3 April 2020. Visit the AIFS Conference website: www.aifsconference2020.com.au
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