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Date and time: Tuesday 27th August 2019. 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Discussion facilitated by: Tanja Porter, ACIL Allen
Venue: Polish White Eagle Club, 38 David Street, Turner ACT 2612
Register online by: Tuesday 20th August 2019

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.

Event Overview

The AES Canberra Regional Network Committee is setting up an occasional reading dinner group. As we prototype this new free event, we plan to meet every 6 to 8 weeks at the Polish Club at O'Connor Shops. Each meeting will consider just one article, and explore one facilitation technique. In 2019, we hope to hold three meetings of the reading group. It will meet on an adhoc basis. Please feel free to come to one, two or all meetings.

While discussing the reading, participants are also welcome to enjoy dinner and drinks at the Polish Club. While an interest in evaluation is essential, eating schnitzel or Polish dumplings or plum jam donuts and/or drinking vodka is optional!

Please sign up to attend the first meeting of the reading group at 6pm Tuesday 27 August 2019. This group will be facilitated by Tanja Porter and the reading will be Robin Miller’s 2009 article in the American Journal of Evaluation ‘The oral history of evaluation: An interview with Eleanor Chelimsky’. While late acceptances are okay, please try to RSVP at least a week in advance, so we can book a table.

During 2019, the reading group will explore some of the writings of Eleanor Chelimsky, the distinguished American evaluator. We hope the participants will be inspired by Eleanor Chelimsky's vision that evaluation theory and practice would inform each other and, “in that learning process, both would be inspired to stretch, to bend a little, to grow,” thereby adding “breadth, depth and realism to our work.”

The reading group is planned to be an opportunity for members to meet in an informal setting to discuss evaluation, develop networks and build skills. We hope many of the 100 AES members living in the Canberra region take this opportunity to connect and celebrate our shared interest.

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