Date and time: Thursday 3rd December 2020 12.00pm - 1.00pm ACST
Topic: Digital Evaluation Story – A case study of its use for monitoring and evaluation by an NT community organisation
Presenter: Samantha Abbato, Visual Insights People and Margi MacGregor, CatholicCare NT
Venue:  Via Zoom. Details will be emailed to registrants just prior to the seminar start time
Register online by: noon on Tuesday 1st December

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.

Seminar overview

The digital evaluation story is introduced and defined in this presentation as a short movie of someone's experience with a program, event, or activity that is collected using sound research methods. Digital evaluation story has the potential to engage staff in monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL), facilitate a participant-centered approach, and increase the impact and cohesiveness of communicating mixed methods results to a diversity of stakeholders.

We describe a case study of a medium-sized not-for-profit organisation in Australia implementing digital evaluation story alongside quantitative outcome surveys and routine data collection as a major component of MEL. We discuss the foundations and activities critical to the successful implementation of the initiative. Challenges encountered along the way are explored from both the perspective of the evaluation team and the organisation.

Presenters background

Dr Sam Abbato leads the multidisciplinary team of Visual Insights People. She is motivated by effective communication and evaluation capacity building using a pictures and stories approach and increasing the academic rigour of evidence.

Sam has more than twenty years of experience and strong methodological expertise across a range of qualitative and quantitative disciplines. Her academic grounding in quantitative methods is built upon a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physiology and a Masters of Public Health in epidemiology and biostatistics. She has extensive qualitative training in medical anthropology (PhD, UC Berkeley). Sam is the recipient of evaluation awards including the AES 2015 award for best evaluation publication.

Margi MacGregor has spent the past 13 years working with CatholicCare NT, where she is currently the Evaluation Systems Manager. With a strong training background, Margi enjoys breaking complexity down into its building blocks, and making evaluation concepts accessible for CatholicCare NT’s diverse staff base. Margi regards herself as a perpetual student, and finds the synthesis of academic rigour and person-centred practice melds neatly with her academic background in adult education, sociology, psychology and anthropology. She regards quantitative and qualitative evaluation methodology as integral to understanding and supporting the needs of program participants.

Seminar start times
  • NT: 12.00pm noon
  • SA: 1.00pm
  • QLD: 12.30pm
  • Victoria, NSW, ACT, TAS: 1.30pm
  • Perth: 10.30am
  • New Zealand: 3.30pm

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