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Date and Time: Thursday 18th July 2019 4.00 - 5.30pm (followed by networking drinks from 5.30 pm, basement bar area Martin Place GPO)
Topic: Evaluation and Qualitative Research Methods: why, when and how to analyse language 
Presenter: Dr Robert Carr, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
Venue: Australian Human Rights Commission, Level 3, 175 Pitt Street, Sydney
Registrations close: 16th July 2019

This is a free event organised by the NSW Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in New South Wales 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:

This event will be a facilitated discussion of qualitative research and analysis methods used in evaluation. The issues to be covered include:

  • Which qualitative methods could be used in an evaluation?
  • How to analyse qualitative data using language coding
  • Why and when is coding used for evaluation?
  • Challenges and opportunities for evaluations

Qualitative methods present opportunities to understand program outcomes through a ‘deep dive’ of participants’ beliefs, experiences and perceptions. Choosing the right qualitative method – such as focus groups, interviews, open-ended surveys, textual analysis and participant observations - depends on the objectives of the evaluation. It is important to understand the implications of qualitative methods for evaluation planning at the design stage, so as to ensure sufficient data can be collected and suitable analysis methods are resourced. This workshop explores a variety of qualitative methods and when these methods can be considered fit-for-purpose. It further unpacks the ways in which qualitative data can be analysed and reported for evaluation purposes using language coding.

The  facilitated discussion will be led by Dr Robert Carr, Principal Project Officer for the Strategic Evaluation Service (NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment). Robert is also Adjunct Research Fellow at Griffith University’s Centre for Social and Cultural Research and was until recently a consultant at the Korean Institute of Criminology. He has significant experience in designing and conducting evaluations in the government and tertiary educations sectors. Robert has published various evaluation-themed peer-reviewed articles as well as the scholarly book Generosity & Refugees: The Kosovars in Exile. Robert will draw on the experience of workshop participants throughout the session, which will also involve some small group work.


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