AES Alert: 16th April 2020
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16 APRIL 2020
Tips, tricks, and resources for evaluators working from home
In this Alert we’re sharing resources courtesy of the Queensland Regional Network Committee. Thank you for your great work! We’d like to continue sharing tips, tricks, and resources for evaluators, especially related to changing work practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Evaluation in times of social distancing
There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting social distancing measures will dramatically change the way we, as evaluators, work. Research and evaluation remains are critical as ever to the developed of evidence based policies and programs. Organisations and individuals working in this space are finding themselves forced to adapt and innovate to remain relevant and effective, including adopting new technologies to collect qualitative data while ensuring that evaluation efforts remain inclusive of vulnerable and disadvantaged populations, including older Australians and those living in rural and remote areas.
AES member Kym from Wellington, NZ has also shared the link to an article by Michael Patton on Evaluation Implications of the Coronavirus Global Health Pandemic Emergency.
Tech resources for a post COVID-19 world
Let's face it, it's humanity, not technology that is going to get us through the next few months. BUT if you want to keep evaluating through COVID-19 and you haven't already brushed up on the latest tech solutions then now is the time. We have compiled this list of resources to get you started:
AES Member grace period extended
Recognising that many of our members are facing disruption and uncertainty in their working lives, the AES Board has extended the membership fee expiry grace period from three to six months (90 days to 180 days), effective 1 April 2020.
If you'd like to join the Australian Evaluation Society and access member services and benefits including recognition and support, professional learning and networking opportunities, access to latest and previous editions of Evaluation Journal of Australasia (EJA) via SAGE as well as 6 other SAGE journals and members only resources including dedicated webpages and event resources. For a full list of services and benefits click here. The AES offers both individual and organisational membership. Click here for more information on organisational membership.
It's now more important than ever to stay connected to fellow evaluators as a member of the AES.
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.
Product Review: Otter.ai
Otter.ai is one of a number of transcription products on the market using machine learning (artificial technology) to offer live transcriptions and transcriptions of pre-recorded audio files. I have tried a number of these products recently and in my opinion, Otter.ai comes out on top for a number of reasons:
Find out more at www.otter.ai
- Review provided by Kiri Dicker, AES Member & Senior Consultant at Inside Policy
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING EVENTS
The AES Regional Network Committees have been working hard to move their planned seminar programs online. Keep an eye on our events calendar and your inbox for announcements of more virtual events over the coming weeks. Please note that registration numbers are limited and you must register to recieve the Zoom details.
Friday 24th April 2020
Date and time: Friday 24th April 1.00 - 2.30pm AWST (GMT+8)
This is a free event organised by the Western Australia Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in the evaluation community and to share and learn from the experiences of fellow evaluators.
Wednesday 29th April 2020
Virtual Seminar: Thinking with theory as a policy evaluation tool: The case of boarding schools for remote First Nations students
Date and time: Wednesday 29th April 2020 12.00pm - 1.00pm ACST
This is a free seminar organised by the Northern Territory Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in the evaluation community and to share and learn from the experiences of fellow evaluators.
Enhancing your Data Visualisation Toolkit
When undertaken well, data visualisation can improve the retention of key facts and findings, summarise large amounts of information, provide clear direction and guide action for our audiences.
This online workshop will give you a clear understanding of the principles and application of data visualisation:
Facilitated by Ellen Vasiliauskas, Director of d-sipher, this workshop is aimed at those needing to communicate and report summaries, key findings and results to senior managers, boards and clients. Ellen has been regularly invited by clients and the AES to conduct this workshop for staff and AES members.
This online class will be limited to small numbers.
The American Evaluation Association (AEA) continues to monitor the escalating global impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Based on current information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), travels bans, and shelter in place mandates, they have made the difficult decision to cancel the Summer Evaluation Institute scheduled for June 7-10 in Atlanta, Georgia. Please note there has been update on Evaluation 2020.
Invitation to join Eval4Action campaign
With a ten-year countdown to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Eval4Action campaign seeks to bring widespread recognition to the multiplier effect of evaluation to accelerate the achievement of SDGs. The campaign also aims to secure commitments from different stakeholders - governments, CSO, Parliaments, UN agencies, Academia and individuals - on strengthening national evaluation systems and capacities to achieve the SDGs.
In this way, Eval4Action contributes to and supports UN Secretary-General’s Decade of Action campaign to achieve the SDGs. The campaign also builds upon the advocacy experiences and successes during the International Year of Evaluation (EvalYear 2015). At the global level, a digital launch of the campaign, including social media outreach, an online commitment drive, Twitter Chat, webinars, and a video campaign is being organised.
For more information and to join the campaign, please go to https://www.eval4action.org/.
Community of Evaluators – South Asia: Evaluation Conclave 2020; Dhaka, Bangladesh: 12-14 September 2020
The Community of Evaluators – South Asia (CoE-SA) is pleased to announce the 5th Evaluation Conclave (Conclave 2020) to be held at the Inter Continental Hotel, Dhaka, Bangladesh from 12-14 September, 2020.
Contributions are invited from interested individuals/groups/Organisations for the following events:
Further details available at the website: http://communityofevaluators.org/Call-for-Contributions
fteval Journal issue #50
The 50th issue of the fteval (Austrian Platform for Research and Technology Policy Evaluation's) Journal for Research and Technology Policy Evaluation is now available online. Click here to access.
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.
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