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Date and time: Wednesday 4th March 2020 12:30 - 1.30pm
Topic: Values literacy for evaluation - what do we talk about when we talk about values?
Presenter: Keryn Hassall, Aptavit
Venue: Community room at the Brisbane Square Library, 266 George St, Brisbane (Ground floor)
Register online by: 27 February 2020

This is a free seminar organised by the QLD Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our 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 share the event details with your colleagues and networks.

Seminar overview

Evaluators have been encouraged to engage explicitly with values in evaluation. But there are conceptual and practical challenges to working with values, and we have no common language to talk about values. Engaging with values in evaluation is not as simple as learning a new technique. First, evaluators need to develop ‘values literacy’.

This seminar will explore the different kinds of values we can observe in our evaluation work, the epistemic and professional values we bring to our work, the public values that guide policymaking, and the socio-cultural values that are important to the community. Drawing on current research in social psychology and philosophy, the seminar will help evaluators consider the nature and role of values, and how to recognize values in programs and evaluation.

Presenter's background

Keryn is an experienced evaluator with an interest using philosophy and public administration theory to help improve evaluation practice. She is an independent consultant with a focus on formative and process evaluation, helping government agencies to improve program design and implementation, better understand the context in which they operate, and hone their capability. Beginning in health and human services, she has worked on programs and evaluations across many policy areas including transport, climate change, energy efficiency, environmental protection, waste management, family violence, disability services, and collaborative research.


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