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Date and time: Wednesday 3rd July 2019 12:30 - 1.30pm
Topic: Addressing cultural and linguistic challenges in the evaluation process through community-engaged research
Presenter: Kate Murray, Queensland University of Technology
Venue: Community room at the Brisbane Square Library, 266 George St, Brisbane (Ground floor)
Register online by: 1 July 2019

This is a free seminar organised by the QLD Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our monthly seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in Queensland 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 forward onto your networks.

Seminar overview

Despite growing rates of diversity within Australia, the inclusion of diverse populations in research is critically lacking. Addressing this lack of inclusion requires substantial changes across the research ecosystem to create more equitable and inclusive practices. This talk will discuss ways in which research and evaluation methods can be more inclusive of diverse populations and perspectives while maintaining rigorous evaluation practices to determine the effectiveness of programs. A case example of a program of research with East African men and women will demonstrate community-based participatory research practices as well as strategies for engaging bicultural community members throughout the evaluation process. Specific methods used to engage and train community members to serve as part of an evaluation team will be discussed, including the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for further development. Ethical implications and future directions of these initiatives will also be discussed.

Presenters background

Kate Murray is a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology and Counselling at QUT. Dr. Kate Murray researches health equity, which is critical in a world of growing human mobility and multicultural societies. She examines how research, health services and educational systems can be more accessible to everyone, regardless of their background. Through community-engaged practices, she is interested in how we develop new methods and systems that are more inclusive and responsive to diversity.


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