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Date and time: Wednesday 13th February 2019. 12.00 - 1.30pm
Topic: Developing defensible criteria use in public sector evaluation
Presenter: Mathea Roorda, Allen and Clarke
Venue: CentraPlaza, Wiradjuri Studio, Ground Floor, 16 Bowes Place, Phillip ACT 2616
Register online by: Monday 11 February 2018. Pease note that spaces are limited to 20 people 

This is a free event organised by the Canberra Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in Canberra and to share and learn from the experiences of fellow evaluators. Members are encouraged to bring along colleagues with an interest in the topic even if they are not yet members of the AES. Please pass this onto your colleagues and networks.

Seminar Overview 

Public sector evaluation serves different purposes, including those of supporting policy and program development and improvement, organisational learning and providing information for accountability requirements. The high-stake nature of many policies and programs emphasises the importance of well-reasoned evaluation that produces defensible evaluative judgements. There is widespread acceptance by scholars that to reach an evaluative judgement, one must have criteria of merit.

Criteria define value; their role is to convey how ‘good’ or ‘bad’ is being understood in a particular context, and to establish the basis against which judgements of quality, worth or significance are made. Despite their fundamental role, little is known about how they are managed in evaluation practice, and there are few resources to guide practitioners.

In this seminar, Mathea will present the findings of a study that examined how criteria are managed in current Australian and New Zealand evaluation practice, along with some suggestions about how this aspect of our practice might be strengthened.

Presenters background

Mathea Roorda has 20 years public sector evaluation experience. She has undertaken programme and policy evaluations for a range of agencies, as a public servant and as an independent contractor. She is a senior associate at Allen and Clarke, currently helping to support the evaluation of the Australian Government’s Investment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care. Professional development is a key part of her practice; for over 10 years she has met regularly with four other evaluators to reflect on evaluation theory and practice.

This is a free Brown Bag Lunch Seminar. Please bring your own lunch, or purchase in the Song Lines Cafe.


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