Date and Time: Thursday 26th November 2020 4.00 - 5.30pm AEDT
Topic: Economic evaluation: benefits and barriers
Presenter: Ophelia Cowell, NSW Treasury and Julian King, Julian King & Associates
Venue: Via Zoom. Details will be emailed to registrants just prior to the seminar start time
Register online by: noon on Tuesday 24th November. Places limited to 100 participants.

This is a free event organised by the New South Wales 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.

Seminar overview:

The NSW Government has implemented outcome budgeting, a major financial planning reform, which has implications for the way the government allocates public resources. Outcome budgeting has also increased the need and demand for economic evaluations, in particular Cost-Benefit Analysis. Traditionally, evaluators have pointed out limitations of economic evaluations, especially in practice.

The AES NSW committee organises a free event where you will have the opportunity to hear from both perspectives and ask everything you’ve dreamt of about economic evaluation. You’ll hear from Ophelia Cowell from NSW Treasury and Julian King, a well-seasoned NZ evaluator renowned for his work around value for money. Please bring along your questions about what get you most excited, intrigued or scared about economic evaluations!

Presenters' background

Ophelia Cowell directs the Centre for Evidence and Evaluation at NSW Treasury which provides economic analysis and advice to the NSW Government to put evidence based policy into practice. By working with agencies to improve the evidence base, the centre helps inform Government decisions so that public funds can be directed to the initiatives and social policies that deliver the greatest outcomes and public value. Previously led a team to pilot the Washington State Institute model for policy impact assessment – the first in Australia. Before joining the public sector, Ophelia led an international program for evidence-based energy policy development in 12 developing and in-transition economies in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Julian King is a public policy consultant and director of Julian King & Associates. He specialises in evaluation and value for money (VFM). His doctoral research developed an approach to VFM assessment that integrates evaluative reasoning with mixed methods, including economic methods of evaluation. Julian is a member of the Kinnect Group, an Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Program Evaluation, University of Melbourne, University Fellow at the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, and an Associate of Oxford Policy Management.

The session will be facilitated by Florent Gomez from the NSW Department of Customer Service and George Argyrous from UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance.

Session start times

  • NSW, Victoria, ACT, TAS: 4.00pm
  • SA: 3.30pm
  • QLD: 3.00pm
  • NT: 2.30pm
  • Perth: 1.00pm
  • New Zealand: 6.00pm

NB: Please ensure you have access to your email address just prior to the virtual seminar to access log in details. Please also check your email address details are correct on your registration form. Thanks.


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