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Date and time: Tuesday 19th November 2019, 9am to 5pm (registration from 8.30am)
Location: Four Seasons A room at Pavilion on Northbourne, 242 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson ACT 2602
Facilitators: Vanessa Hood and Natalie Moxham
Register online by: extended to Wednesday 13th November 2019
Fees (GST inclusive): Members $484, Non-members $665, Student member $260, Student non-member $350

Purpose of Workshop

Stakeholders are more likely to feel ownership of an evaluation and adopt recommendations if they are engaged throughout the process.  Therefore, using participatory approaches and having strong facilitation skills is vitally important for evaluators.  This is becoming increasingly apparent as projects become more complex and budgets shrink. 

Facilitation can occur before or during an evaluation, or after an evaluation has been completed when stakeholders are considering how to use the findings.  It refers to the skills needed to run a productive and impartial meeting during an evaluation, whether making a decision about the terms of reference, key questions, evaluation design, preferred methods and techniques for data collection and analysis, interpreting the data, considering the findings, or simply exchanging ideas and information about the evaluation.

Stakeholder engagement is supported by theory about utilisation and developmental evaluation.  It’s also the key to building evaluative thinking and using human centred design approaches. 

This workshop is for evaluators who use participatory approaches (beginners to advanced).   It is an interactive workshop based on adult learning principles.  The structure allows people to experientially learn new skills and relate their insights to their work.  Participants are supported to apply their new knowledge. They leave with skills they can apply immediately to their work. 

Workshop Content

This workshop covers:

Facilitation fundamentals

  • understanding the group - thinking and learning styles, personalities, diversity and difference, ensuring all voices are heard, dealing with conflicts
  • understanding yourself - values and behaviour and how they affect the group
  • basic facilitation tools and developing a facilitation plan to achieve the group's objectives
  • applied improvisation skills to adapt in the moment – letting go, accepting offers, noticing

Adapting facilitation to your context

  • choosing the right facilitation tool for the situation - pros and cons
  • considering evaluation methods that require strong facilitation skills

Workshop outcomes

Participants will learn and practice facilitation skills during the workshop.  They will also leave with an understanding of participatory approaches in evaluation. 

PL competencies

This workshop aligns with Domain 6 of the AES Evaluator’s Professional Learning Competency Framework.

Who should attend?

This workshop is for any evaluator who is using participatory approaches, or is interested in using these approaches in the future.  Beginners to advanced levels are catered for in this workshop.  And, participants may come from any sector (e.g. government, community sector or business).   

About the facilitators

VanessaHood1Vanessa Hood is a skilled facilitator and evaluator with over 15 years' experience in a range of contexts, particularly around behaviour change for sustainability. She works as a facilitator and evaluator with Rooftop Social and also has many years’ experience working in government organisations. Vanessa is passionate about working with people and uses a range of creative facilitation techniques to help participants engage deeply with technical content and, importantly, with each other. Vanessa delivers training, mentors others in evaluation and regularly facilitates group workshops with a range of government and non-government clients across Australia.NatalieMoxham1

Natalie Moxham
 is a facilitator and consultant in organisational processes, participatory program design, monitoring and evaluation. She successfully designed and delivered training in facilitation, program design, monitoring and evaluation. Natalie's participatory approach uses strength based and engagement processes that build agency and collaboration with communities, networks, organisation and programs. Natalie lives on DjaDjaWurrung Country in central Victoria and has a long-term commitment and extensive experience working with Indigenous groups as well as in the Asia-Pacific region and Australia. She holds a master in international development and works across community, NGO and Government sectors. 


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