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Date and time: Thursday 12th March 2020, 9am to 5pm (registration from 8.30am) (and Sydney: Friday 13th March 2020)
Location: Lyneham and Dickson Rooms at Mantra MacArthur Hotel, 219 Northbourne Avenue, Turner ACT 2612
Facilitator: Brad Astbury
Register online by: 5 March 2020
Fees (GST inclusive): Members $484, Non-members $665, Student member $260, Student non-member $350

Workshop Overview

This workshop provides an overview of the origins and evolution of evaluation theory. Attention to theory in evaluation has focused predominantly on program theory and few evaluation practitioners have received formal training in evaluation theory. This workshop seeks to remedy this by introducing a framework for conceptualising different theories of evaluation and a set of criteria to support critical thinking about the practice-theory relationship in evaluation.

Workshop Content

Participant will learn about:

  • the nature and role of evaluation theory
  • major theorist’s and their contribution
  • approaches to classifying evaluation theories
  • key ways in which evaluation theorist’s differ and what this means for practice
  • dangers involved in relying too heavily on any one particular theory, and
  • techniques for selecting and combining theories based on situational analysis.

Case examples will be used to illustrate why evaluation theory matters and how different theoretical perspectives can inform, shape and guide the design and conduct of evaluations in different practice settings.

PL competencies

This workshop aligns with competencies in the AES Evaluator’s Professional Learning Competency Framework. The identified domains are:

  • Domain 1 – Evaluative attitude and professional practice
  • Domain 2 – Evaluation theory
  • Domain 4 – Research methods and systematic inquiry

Who should attend?

The workshop is designed for both new and experienced evaluators and commissioners of evaluation.

About the facilitator

Brad Astbury is a Director at ARTD Consulting and works out of the Melbourne office.  He has over 18 years of experience in evaluation and applied social research and considerable expertise in combining diverse forms of evidence to improve both the quality and utility of evaluation. He has managed and conducted needs assessments, process and impact studies and theory-driven evaluations across a wide range of policy areas for industry, government, community and not-for-profit clients. Prior to joining ARTD, Brad worked for over a decade at the University of Melbourne where he taught and mentored postgraduate evaluation students.


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