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ImprovingEvaluation

Date and time: Tuesday 12th November 2019. 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Discussion facilitated by: Tanja Porter, ACIL Allen and Kim Grey, Charles Darwin University
Venue: Polish White Eagle Club, 38 David Street, Turner ACT 2612
Register online by: Tuesday 5th November 2019

This is a free event organised by the Canberra Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our regular events 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 email onto your colleagues and networks.

Event Overview

In its second meeting, the reading group will explore the ideas of Carol Weiss – a leading thinker in the theory of evaluation – about evaluation use. Carol has been an inspiration to many, as shown in two AEA blog posts celebrating her life and her contribution to evaluation theory.

https://aea365.org/blog/memorial-week-sharon-rallis-on-remembering-carol-h-weiss-1927-2013-pioneer-in-evaluation-use-and-politics/

https://aea365.org/blog/memorial-week-in-evaluation-the-classic-nothing-as-practical-as-good-theory-by-carol-h-weiss-by-sharon-rallis/

Carol’s 1998 article (Have we learned anything new about the use of evaluation?) is freely available online. Carol writes about the assumptions underpinning how evaluations are used, and the different audiences that use them. She argues that ‘use’ can encompass a broad array of effects by multiple classes of users, and that evaluators should not leave the utilisation of evaluation results to chance and should do whatever it takes to get important findings into circulation.

Please join us for a lively discussion in a collegial atmosphere. You can order food and drinks, and enjoy the wide range of polish dumplings while considering questions such as:

  • Do you know how the evaluations you’re been involved in have been used? Are there audiences and outcomes that have been unexpected?

Article reference: Carol Weiss (1998) Have we learned anything new about the use of evaluation? American Journal of Evaluation (Vol 10, No.1).





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