Date and time: Wednesday 20th October 2021 5.30 - 6.30pm AEDT
Topic: Making evaluation engaging: Research findings from non-evaluators working in culturally diverse contexts
Presenter: Alison Rogers, University of Melbourne Centre for Program Evaluation
Venue: Via Zoom. Details will be emailed to registrants just prior to the seminar start time
Register online by: noon on 18th October

This is a free seminar organised by the Victorian 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

An enduring challenge for evaluators is how to recruit evaluation champions and keep stakeholders engaged. This session will share findings from research conducted as part of Alison’s PhD which examined the role of non-evaluators, and identified strategies that can be used to support engagement.

The session will use a fable, The animal farm and a postal worker, to illustrate key points about evaluators and evaluation champions. This illustrative anecdote captures the importance of having non-evaluators on evaluation teams who can assist with generating enthusiasm around evaluation. This seminar will present research undertaken with non-evaluators who were able to make evaluation relevant, meaningful and useful for their colleagues working in Australian non-profit organisations. Based on interviews and case studies, the seminar will share the perspectives of non-evaluators undertaking evaluation in culturally diverse contexts. It will highlight their insights into how to overcome interpersonal barriers to evaluation by developing meaningful interpersonal relationships and understanding their colleagues as individuals. It will conclude with a discussion around their practical strategies and the implications of this research for developing equitable and inclusive working environments.


Presenter's background

Alison Rogers has worked in nutrition, public health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health for 20 years. She spent over 15 years of this time working in non-profit organisations including as an internal evaluator and an external evaluator. She is undertaking doctorate level research with the University of Melbourne's Centre for Program Evaluation that investigates evaluation advocates in non-profit organisations. Alison also has a Master of Evaluation, among several other tertiary degrees. She has published 12 scholarly papers, many of which focus on aspects of evaluation, and is currently co-writing a book on internal evaluation in non-profit organisations. She was the convener of the Northern Territory branch of the Australasian Evaluation Society from 2012 until 2019.

Seminar start times

  • VIC, NSW, ACT, TAS: 5.30pm
  • SA: 5.00pm
  • QLD: 4.30pm
  • NT: 4.00pm
  • Perth: 2.30pm
  • New Zealand: 7.30pm

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