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Date and Time: Thursday 27th February 2020 4.00 - 5.30pm (followed by networking drinks from 5.30pm, basement bar area Martin Place GPO)
Presenter: Kathryn Dinh, University of NSW
Venue: Australian Human Rights Commission, Level 3, 175 Pitt Street, Sydney
Registrations close: 24 February 2020

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 share the event details with your colleagues and networks.

Seminar overview:

The field of evaluation tends to be dominated by certain Western-derived understandings of the way the world works and underlying belief that these understandings are universal. Culturally responsive evaluation recognises the existence of diverse world views and some argue that it should involve modifying and creating new evaluation approaches that are grounded in non-Western world views.

In this seminar, such an applied approach to culturally responsive evaluation is described, drawing upon Buddhism and the Most Significant Change (MSC) technique as examples. It is discussed that as evaluators, we can use this approach to work with locally-based colleagues to unpack the theory and value systems underpinning existing evaluation methods, and repackage the methods or create new ones that reflect, and are responsive to, the complex world views in the local context being evaluated.

Participants will then be invited to work in small groups to unpack the values and theories underpinning some evaluation methods and brainstorm alternative values that could be used. This will provide participants with insights as to how the approach could be applied. Participants will be invited to suggest qualitative evaluation methods they would like to unpack during the workshop – so please bring along suggestions! No prior knowledge of a method is needed – participants who would like to learn more about a method can work with others more familiar with it.

Presenters background

Kathryn is a monitoring, evaluation and learning consultant with more than 20 years of experience across Asia, the Pacific and the Commonwealth of Independent States. She specialises in evaluation for health and international development programs, advocacy evaluation and culturally responsive evaluation.

Kathryn is currently consulting in MEL for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Health Security Initiative for the Indo-Pacific Region, as well as for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in India. Kathryn is completing her PhD at UNSW in HIV advocacy evaluation in Vietnam and the seminar is based upon part of this research.

Kathryn presented an early version of this seminar at the aes20 International Evaluation Conference held in Sydney and it received rave reviews!


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