AES Alert: 27th February 2020
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27 february 2020
Call for conference proposals including Ignite presentations, now closes Monday 9 March 2020
The call for conference proposals is now closing on Monday 9th March - that's just a little over one week away, so don't delay put your proposal in today!
For further details on conference presentation proposals please go to https://conference2020.aes.asn.au/index.php/call-for-proposals/conference-proposals
For more information on the aes20 conference, please visit the website: https://conference2020.aes.asn.au/
Proposal submission deadlines
Conference presentation proposals: 9 March 2020
Ignite presentations: 9 March 2020
Workshop proposals have now closed
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 this Monday 2nd 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.
Developmental Evaluation Masterclass: Monday 23rd - Tuesday 24th March 2020, Melbourne
This session will be co-led by three leading developmental evaluators (L-R): Jamie Gamble, Canada, Kate McKegg, New Zealand and Jess Dart, Australia.
Fees (GST inclusive): AES Individual Members $840, Non-members $1,030, Student member $420, Student non-member $605
Registrations close: 18 March 2020
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.
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.
For more information and to register, click here.
AES + AMSRS 2020 Queensland Joint Symposium: Monday 6th April 2020, Brisbane
Click here to download a PDF of the 2020 Symposium Program.
Click here for a full list of speakers, their bios and presentation abstracts. A Speaker Line-Up Not to be Missed!
DON’T MISS OUT! There are limited spaces available and the last symposium was a full house so if you haven’t already secured your registration, please do so by Monday 30th March 2020. Click here to register.
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
Date and time: Friday 13th March 2020, 9am to 5pm (registration from 8.30am) (and Canberra: Thursday 12th 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.
Brisbane: Wednesday 4th March 2020
Date and time: Wednesday 4th March 2020 12:30 - 1.30pm
Canberra: Tuesday 11th March 2020
Date and time: Wednesday 11th March 2020. 12.30pm - 1.30pm (rescheduled date and time)
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EES 2020 Bursary Programme - Call for Applications open
The bursary programme for the 14th European Evaluation Society's Biennial Conference (EES 2020) aims to contribute to building evaluation capacity in developing countries. The selection gives priority to applicants who are active in the evaluation communities in their home countries. In turn, the presence of evaluators from all over the world enriches the conference experience for all participants, as it contributes to a diversity of perspectives, including on the realities of undertaking evaluations in developing countries.
Please submit your application and abstract no later than Sunday 5th April 2020 bursary applicant. To do this add 'bursary applicant' under the field 'Contribution details' alongside your type of contribution (presentation, panel, poster, roundtable etc) in the abstract submission form. Click here for the link.
Upcoming Clear Horizon Academy courses
Clear Horizon Academy has two upcoming courses and AES members are eligible for a 15% discount. Use the code “aes15” to claim your discount.
Tools for Participation Training, 27 April - 1 May 2020, Hepburn Springs VIC
Leanganook Yarn will be running their unique five day training course for community engagement professionals in 2020. In this immersive residential workshop, you will:
Facilitated by accomplished practitioners Natalie Moxham and Vanessa Hood, with a guest session by Deborah Rhodes, the workshop is aimed at those working in community engagement programs where effective participation and inclusion are vital.
IPDET 2020 applications now open
Applications for the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) are now open and will take place from July 6 to 24, 2020 in Bern, Switzerland. Continuing in their tradition of pursuing excellence, in 2020, this unique training program will bring together global expertise in evaluation to build foundational and advanced knowledge and skill in evaluation. IPDET is a platform that will enable peer-to-peer learning between individuals from around the globe who are engaged in evaluation and deepen networks for collaboration and knowledge sharing.
Evaluate the Evaluators 2020: IEG’s 2020 Client Survey
As evaluators charged with improving the development effectiveness of the World Bank Group, IEG need to ensure that they have meaningful ways to add-up what the Bank Group is contributing to development outcomes. The independent evaluations serve to hold the World Bank Group accountable and, in doing so, help improve its operational performance. That is why they value feedback received from their clients and stakeholders through their annual client survey.
AES ONLINE SERVICES
Employers looking to fill positions in program monitoring and evaluation and performance measurement can list their job vacancies on the AES website. This service is available to members and non-members for a small fee. Discover the benefits of advertising on the AES website as recruiters and for applicants. Local and overseas opportunities are listed throughout the year and are also included in the AES Alert e-newsletter.
The AES often receives enquiries looking for evaluators with specific areas of expertise. These enquiries are directed to the online searchable Consultants' Directory. As well as being 'discovered' by potential customers, consultants in the directory also enjoy receiving early advice on any call for Evaluation services tenders. Interested in being listing in the Consultants' Directory? Complete the form here.
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