Continuous learning and evaluation in platforms partnerships and alliances

Workshop: Continuous learning and evaluation in platforms, partnerships and alliances

Date and time: Wednesday 8th March and Wednesday 15th March 2023, 10.00am to 1.00pm AEST (registration from 9.45am) Registrants are to attend both sessions. (full day workshop - 2 sessions)

Venue: Via Zoom. Details will be emailed to registrants just prior to the workshop start time

Facilitators: Dr Nicholas Vogelpoel and Dr Cameron Willis

Register online by: 7th March 2023. Spaces limited to 25 participants

Fees (GST inclusive): Members $260, Organisational member staff $375, Non-members $425, Student member $125, Student non-member $210*
 * Students must send proof of their full-time student status to  

About the workshop and workshop purpose

This training is for those working in multi-stakeholder platforms and partnerships, with interests in learning and evaluation and measuring sustainability and impact.

Much attention is being given to collaborative ways of working for tackling complex challenges, including those related to the sustainability of the planet, the health and wellbeing of populations, and the prosperity of our economies. Platforms and partnerships that bring together actors from across diverse sectors and settings, are important forms of collaboration: yet evaluating and learning about them is challenging.

This 1-day training provides participants with a practical introduction to evaluating platforms and partnerships, with a focus on identifying meaningful and feasible indicators of change.

Workshop Content

Through highly interactive sessions, participants will examine the structures, processes and intended outcomes of their platforms and partnerships, and the different ways that the health and progress of their platforms can be measured and improved.

Workshop Outcomes

At the end of this training, you will be able to:

  • Clearly describe the role and value of evaluation for multi-stakeholder platforms and partnerships
  •  Identify the structures, processes and outcomes of platforms and partnerships
  •  Identify meaningful indicators of change that are feasible for collection as part of partnership valuation efforts
  • Avoid commonly encountered traps when evaluating platforms and partnerships

PL competencies

This workshop aligns with competencies in the AES Evaluator’s Professional Learning Competency Framework. The identified domains are:

  • Domain 1 – Evaluative attitude and professional practice
  • Domain 3 – Culture, stakeholders and context
  • Domain 7 – Evaluation Activities

Who should attend?

If you are working in, or interested in, learning about partnerships and improving their performance, then this course is relevant to you. Measuring impact and sustainability is notoriously difficult, and in collaborative platforms and partnerships - even more so. You will gain practical skills in identifying meaningful markers of progress for platforms and partnerships - and insights into how to use these skills for improving your partnerships and communicating progress.

This course is for anyone working in or interested in multi-stakeholder platforms or partnerships who wants to measure sustainability and impact. Participants may occupy many different roles within platforms or partnerships and no prior experience of learning and evaluation is required

About the facilitators: 

Dr Nicholas Vogelpoel is a leader in the design, implementation and evaluation of complex programs. Nic draws on his broad experience in non-government organisations and charities, philanthropic organisations and foundations, universities and government. Nic has particular interests and expertise in designing and implementing learning and evaluation systems for partnerships and platforms and over the past decade, he has been privileged to work with partnerships and programs focused on planetary health, global health policy, epidemic preparedness, mental health and suicide prevention, arts and disability, behaviour change, and human rights. He has led evaluations for global and national funders of international development (DfID, Danida, SIDA, Defra, European Commission) and designed evaluation systems for leading philanthropic funders (Wellcome Trust).

Dr Cameron Willis, is an Associate Professor (Adj) in the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design at Swinburne University in Melbourne, and a Director at Day Four Projects. He brings 15 years of experience in designing and implementing impact-oriented evaluations for institutions in Australia and Canada. He has led evaluative initiatives for government agencies, non-government organizations and research institutes, including the Public Health Agency of Canada, Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, and the NHMRC’s Prevention Partnership Centre. Cameron has conducted nationally important research studies, including of the complex pathways by which research influences policy and practice change of relevance to population health initiatives.

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