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Date and time: Thursday 21st February 2019, 8.45am to 12:30pm (registration from 8.30am) - half day session
Location: KPMG, 151 Pirie St, Adelaide 5000
Presenter: Keryn Hassall
Register online by: 14 February 2019
Fees (GST inclusive): Members $50, Non-members $250

Overview

The evaluation community is recognising the need for greater attention to values in evaluation. Understanding values, and how to work with values, can help evaluators make evaluative judgements. Evaluation thinkers have been advocating attention to values for many years, but change has been slow as there are conceptual and practical challenges to working with values. This session provides ways to overcome the main conceptual and practical challenges, to help evaluators take up the challenge of working with values.

Date: Tuesday 16th October 2018
Times: 5.00pm for 5.15pm start to 6.15pm followed by drinks and nibbles 
Topic: Panel discussion - key learnings from the 2018 AES conference
Panel members:

  • Katherine Pontifex, Principal Evaluation Coordinator, Department for Health and Wellbeing
  • Margaret Howard, Manager Living Neighbourhoods and Travel Behaviour, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
  • Kahiwa Sebire, Manager Learning Design, The University of Adelaide

Venue: KPMG, Level 7, 151 Pirie St, Adelaide 5000
Register online by: lunchtime on Monday 15th October 2018

This is a free seminar organised by the SA Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in South Australia 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 invitation onto your networks.

Overview

The panel will comprise 3 speakers from SA presenting their highlights, key themes, new ideas and learnings from the September 2018 AES Evaluation Conference. Topics will include how to 'value values' in evaluation, use of evaluative rubrics as tools for making values explicit at the outset, role of evaluation in policy development, and integrating evaluation into practice and decision making. Opportunities for questions and discussion will also be a key component of the seminar.

Date: Wednesday 22nd August 2018
Times: 5.15pm Arrival Seminar: 5.30pm  to 6.30pm followed by networking - please note later than normal start time
Topic: Joint AES/AOQ event - Transform South Australian government agencies and business!

Come prepared to meet with evaluation and quality management people. This is envisaged to be the first of several sessions to build an on-going system of review, evaluation and improvement of performance.

Presenters: Bruce Riley (Quality), John Fargher (Evaluation), Martin Andrew (Evaluation & Quality)
Venue: KPMG, Level 7, 151 Pirie St, Adelaide 5000
Register online by: Monday 20th August 2018

This is a free seminar organised by the SA Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in South Australia 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 invitation onto your networks.

Date: Tuesday 10th July 2018
Times: 5pm for 5.15pm start to 6.15pm followed by networking with light refreshments
Topic: Panel Discussion - Evaluation and the South Australian Public Sector: Challenges and Opportunities

Panel Members: 
Adam Chambers, Principal Economic Policy Officer, Department for Industry and Skills
Gene Mercer, Team Leader, Program Services Unit, Department for Correctional Services
Isabella Daziani, Senior Program Officer, Department for Child Protection
Glen Scholz, Principal Advisor Evaluation, Department for Environment and Water

Venue: KPMG, Level 7, 151 Pirie St, Adelaide 5000
Register online by: Thursday 5th July 2018

This is a free seminar organised by the SA Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in South Australia 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 invitation onto your networks.

Date: Wednesday 14 March 2018
Times: 4.30 pm for 4.45 pm start to finish at 5.45 pm followed by networking with light refreshments
Topic: Getting the most out of evaluation in an education policy context
Presenter: Graham Francis, Numeracy and Literacy - Strategic Design, Education Development Centre - Department for Education and Child Development
Venue: KPMG, Level 7, 151 Pirie St, Adelaide 5000
Register online by: Friday 9th March 2018

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

Date: Tuesday 15th May 2018
Times: 5pm for 5.15pm start to 6.15pm followed by networking with light refreshments
Topic: Social impact bonds: Do they work? How would we know?
Presenter: Matthew Winefield and David Cripps, DPC
Venue: KPMG, Level 7, 151 Pirie St, Adelaide 5000
Register online by: Thursday 10th May 2018

This is a free seminar organised by the SA Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in South Australia 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 invitation onto your networks

Date: Tuesday 12 December 2017
Times: 4.45pm for 5.00pm start to 6.15pm finish
Topic: Using developmental evaluation in a CQI data sharing and analysis project in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
Presenter: Alison Laycock - PhD student, Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University
Venue: KPMG, Level 7, 151 Pirie St, Adelaide 5000
Register online by: Friday 8th December 2017

This is a free seminar organised by the SA branch of the AES. Our seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in South Australia 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.

Date: Tuesday 24 October 2017
Times: 4.45pm for 5.00pm start to 6.00pm followed by drinks and nibbles to 6.30pm
Topic: Latest developments in the evaluation field
Presenters: Panel of four SA AES members sharing insights from the recent International Evaluation Conference
Venue: KPMG, Level 7, 151 Pirie St, Adelaide 5000
Register online by: Friday 20th October 2017

Date: Tuesday 22 August 2017
Times: 4.45pm for 5.00pm start to 6.00pm followed by drinks and nibbles to 6.30pm
Topic: What goes around comes around: a recent history of evaluation in natural resources management in SA. Lessons, gaps and opportunities.
Presenter: John Fargher, John Fargher & Associates Pty Ltd
Venue: KPMG, Level 7, 151 Pirie St, Adelaide 5000
Register online by: Thursday 17th August 2017

This is a free seminar organised by the SA branch of the AES. Our seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in South Australia 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.

Date and time: Wednesday 7 June 2017, 4:45pm for 5:00pm start to 6.00pm followed by networking
Topic: Evaluating Aid for Trade for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Presenters: David Goodwins
Venue: KPMG, Level 7, 151 Pirie St, Adelaide
Register online by: Monday 5 June 2017
This is a free seminar organised by the South Australian branch of the AES.

This evaluation assessed the effectiveness of Australia’s support for trade facilitation in Asia and the Pacific, and examined whether the investments have assisted partner countries to better integrate with regional and global economies. The evaluation focused on four major DFAT trade facilitation investments and found that they have been effective in addressing capacity issues, encouraging pro-poor outcomes, and exemplify good global practice. To assist with future programming, the evaluation proposed some practical improvements to DFAT program and investment managers in the use of integrated approaches, private sector engagement, gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, and monitoring and evaluation.

David Goodwins is a senior principal in the Research, Monitoring and Evaluation practice at Coffey International. He has over 20 years’ experience working in International Development in Asia and the Pacific as team leader, technical adviser and evaluator. David is currently the M&E adviser on the Australia-Indonesia Red Meat and Cattle Partnership and providing specialist support to the aid program in Fiji. Over the last few years he has undertaken numerous independent evaluations and M&E support on a diverse range of subject areas such as economic development, trade, private sector development, NGO assistance, health systems, police operations, community development, education and organizational development.

Date and time: Thursday 20th April, 4:45PM for 5:00PM start
Topic: Building stronger evaluations through social media and digital analytics
Presenters: Naomi Downer and Courtney Hill
Venue: KPMG, 151 Pirie St, Adelaide
Register online by: Monday 17 April 2017
This is a free seminar organised by the South Australian branch of the AES.

Technology has changed the way information is shared which provides challenges for evaluation and research. With many digital media channels being used by programs and organisations to promote messages and behaviour change, there is a need for a new and innovative digital media analytics strategy. Colmar Brunton will take us through how they recently used Social Media Monitoring to assist in evaluating sentiment and themes surrounding the expansion of the Nuclear industry in SA. Further to this, they will explain how they used this tool to monitor activity on social media around this topic as part of the public consultation process.

Naomi Downer, Account Director, Colmar Brunton
Naomi joined Colmar Brunton in 2010 after working in the research industry for 4 years interstate and overseas. With a background in Marketing and International Management, Naomi is focused on working collaboratively to achieve the best possible outcomes for her clients. Her passions are social science and managing large scale, mixed method, complex quantitative research studies. Naomi specialises in conducting research with vulnerable and hard to reach populations. Recent clients she has worked closely with at a state and federal level include SA Health, SA Water, SA Tourism Commission, the Department of Premier and Cabinet SA, the Department of Education and Training Victoria, the Department of Social Services and the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Courtney Hill, Account Manager, Colmar Brunton
Courtney is a market research professional with a background in Psychology and Sociology. In her five years at Colmar Brunton, she has worked with a number of state and national clients including SA Health, the Health Performance Council Secretariat, SA Police, SA Tourism Commission, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet SA, Queensland Department of Health, the Department of Education and Training Victoria, and the University of Adelaide. She is inherently curious about people and the world in which we live.

Date and Time: Wednesday, 7 December 2016, 5:15pm to 5:30pm start-7:30 finish (including end of the year drinks).
Location: Peter Walker Fine Art, 101 Walkerville Terrace, Walkerville Adelaide (street parking available)
Presenter: Peter Walker
Register by: Friday 2 December 2016
THIS IS A FREE EVENT

The AES SA Committee warmly welcomes all those interested in evaluation to our last seminar of the year. This seminar will provide insights into the niceties of evaluating and valuing artworks, followed by a social mixer to celebrate the end of the year. This event will be held at Peter Walker Fine Art in Walkerville.

As well as having his own gallery, Peter Walker is an evaluator for the Art Gallery of South Australia and approved to value the following items for the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program:

  • Australian and Australian related paintings
  • drawings
  • prints
  • sculpture
  • architectural drawings
  • manuscript maps and urban art from 1770, including pre 1850 Australiana
  • items of historical significance in wood, metal, bone and ivory (excluding furniture)

Peter will share his knowledge and experiences, and talk about how the various artworks in the Art Gallery of South Australia are evaluated and valued.

Peter Walker Fine Art specialises in the sale of early Australian paintings and items of historical interest, as well as contemporary art. Clients include major regional and state galleries, libraries and private collectors from around Australia and overseas. The premises consists of two galleries: the first is dedicated to art exhibitions, and the second to the sale of art, antiques and eccentricities.

The SA Committee has really enjoyed putting together the seminar series for this year, and we are looking forward to seeing you at this event. We will also be seeking your feedback on ideas for seminar topics in 2017.

Date and Time: Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 5:15pm to 5:30pm start-7:00 finish (including social mixer).
Location: KPMG, Level 7, 151 Pirie Street, Adelaide
Presenters: 
Sharon Clarke, Child and Youth Health Women’s and Children’s Health Network
Michelle Bald, DEWNR
David Goodwins, Coffey International Development, and
Bruce Gurd. University of South Australia
Register by: Monday 17 October 2016

This is a free event.

This panel event will provide insights on the latest developments in the evaluation field that emerged from the International Evaluation Conference. The latest on evaluation theory and practice is being discussed at the International Evaluation Conference being held in Perth, 17-21 September 2016. The panel discussion will be based on their experiences and learnings from both private and public sector perspectives.

The conference embraces four “landscape” themes: social and cultural; organisational, political and economic; natural and built; and evaluation. Each theme has an experienced evaluator as key note speaker, and they will share their ideas as they navigate through the theme. Following the key note speakers, a broad range of latest developments, within each theme, is being presented. The talks include theoretical approaches, frameworks, program logic and other evaluative tools, data management, integration with project management, methodologies, etc. Sharing their experiences at the conference are speakers from a variety of working realities, such as NGOs, industry and Government, both nationally and internationally.

Date and Time: Wednesday, 17 August 2016, 5:30pm to 6:45pm
Location: KPMG, Level 7, 151 Pirie Street, Adelaide
Presenter: Dr Colin Sharp, University of South Australia
Register by: Monday 15 August 2016

This is a free event.

This seminar will explain the use of Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) in evaluation, and illustrate its application in tackling one of the most important aspects of assurance of learning – engagement of students in evaluating their own learning outcomes.

GAS was first developed by Dr Tom Kiresuk (in Minnesota USA) as a participative measurement technique for evaluation of the outcomes of mental health de-institutionalization programs of the 1960s and 1970s. Dr Sharp has been applying GAS measures of outcomes in many consultancy projects since 1984, some large (e.g. Andrews, Dunn, Hagger, Sharp, & Witham, 1995; Australian Youth Foundation & Sharp, 1996) and others small (see Sharp & Read, 2011; assisting communication between parents and therapists working to prepare blind infants for school). Most of the simplest applications are to enable individuals to clarify and evaluate their project learning outcomes.

About the presenter
Dr Colin Sharp is a Psychologist and an experienced manager. He was the foundation Research & Evaluation Manager in the Commonwealth’s Financial Management Improvement Program from 1983 – 1986, and since that time has been the Managing Director of PERSONAL (Research & Evaluation) Consultancy Pty Ltd, a consulting business in organisational change management research and evaluation.

Dr Sharp has held several positions in the AES including first Chair of the SA Regional Group (from 1991) the Chair of the Committee on Ethics & Standards in Evaluation (1988 – 1995), and AES President (1994-1995). Through this work he has received the ET&S Award (1992) and the title of Fellow of the Australasia Evaluation Society (2003).
Currently he is the Program Director for the UniSA MBA degree.

In teaching MPA and MBA students Dr Sharp has been using GAS informally in linking the student’s learning needs to project goals in the courses on leadership and project management since 2001. The reaction from students has been encouraging and demonstrates the potential for the use of GAS in action learning in the link between the class room and the evaluation of workplace outcomes.

Date and time: Monday 4 July 2016, 9am to 5pm (registration from 8.30am)
Location: KPMG, Level 7, 151 Pirie Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Presenter: Dr Gill Westhorp
Register online by: Monday 27 June 2016
Fees: Members $440, Non-members $605, Student member $220, Student non-member $302.50

About the workshop
Instead of asking whether or not a program or intervention ‘works’, realist evaluation provides methods for determining “what works for whom in what contexts, in what respects, and how”. Realist evaluation is particularly useful when new interventions are being developed; when interventions are being considered for replication or scaling up; when programs are complex or are being introduced in complex settings; or when previous evaluations of programs have found mixed outcomes.

This practical and applied program will:
 introduce the concepts that underpin realist approaches and explain the specific ways that three terms are used in realist evaluation: context, mechanism and outcome;
 introduce realist evaluation design, demonstrating the implications of taking a realist approach for all aspects of the evaluation design process;
 introduce methods for identifying program mechanisms, and methods for identifying ‘for whom’ programs are and are not effective
 introduce the differences between realist interviewing and ‘traditional’ kinds of interviewing.

Outcomes and Benefits
 By the end of the workshop, it is expected that participants will:
 Understand where realist evaluation ‘fits’ and how it differs from other evaluation approaches (including other theory based approaches)
 Understand how to move from descriptive evaluation to explanatory evaluation;
 Be able to explain key ideas to colleagues;
 Understand how to approach realist evaluation design.

Target Audience
Evaluation practitioners and commissioners in Government, NGOs, consultants, and academics will benefit from this program. No experience in realist evaluation is necessary. Those with some background in realist approaches will be assisted to work at a more advanced level. This will be an applied program and all participants are requested to 'bring a program' (or policy, initiative, strategy) to work on.

The presenter Gill Westhorp200
Dr Gill Westhorp is a specialist in realist research and evaluation methodologies, a part-time consultant and part-time academic. She is Director of a small research and evaluation consultancy company specialising in realist approaches; a Professorial Research Fellow at Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia; an Associate at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia; a member of the core team for the RAMESES I (standards for realist synthesis) and RAMESES II (standards for realist evaluation) projects based in Oxford, UK; and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Centre for the Advancement of Realist Evaluation and Synthesis (CARES) at Liverpool University, UK.

Date and time: Tuesday 12 April 2016, 5:15pm for 5:30pm start - 6.45pm finish
Presenter: Prof Steven Henderson, Solent University, UK
Venue: KPMG, Level 7, 151 Pirie Street, Adelaide SA 5000
RSVP by: Tuesday 5 April 2016

This is a free event.

Steven Henderson is Professor of Business Strategy at Southampton Solent University and head of its new Centre for Social Innovation and Impact. He has published research in organisational learning, knowledge management and corporate social responsibility and recently gave his Professorial Lecture “Strategies for Hunting the Snark”.

In recent years he and his colleague Dr Brian Wink have developed an approach using Q sort method to investigate the sub-groups of people for whom social interventions do and do not work. The method, which has a respectable track record in psychology but has been less well developed for evaluating social and behaviour change programmes, works by investigating similarities in viewpoints of participants and their responses to interventions. Identifying sub-groups in this way, rather than by demographics, status or role, gives far clearer explanations of how a programme produces its diversity of effects. Steven will talk through the processes they have developed for evaluating with Q sort method, describing examples and insights from their evaluations to illustrate and exemplify their purpose. The aim is to show that the method is straightforward and delightfully cheap.

Note: that the seminars are free events supported by the AES. 

Date and time: Friday 18 March 2016, 9am to 5pm (registration from 8.30am)
Location: ETC Adelaide, Level 5, 38 Gawler Place, Adelaide. SA 5000 
Presenter: Dr Ian Patrick, Ian Patrick and Associates
Register online by: Friday 11 March 2016
Fees: Members $440, Non-members $605, Student member $220, Student non-member $302.50

Purpose of Workshop
The workshop will provide participants with insight into theory based approaches to evaluation, and specifically into the role of Program Theory and Program Logic to provide a clear understanding, focus and direction to the practice of evaluation. The use of Program Theory and Program Logic will be clearly detailed within a staged conceptual model, with guidance provided on how they can be applied within the planning and implementation of an evaluation.

Areas covered in the workshop include the use of Program Theory and Program Logic to:

• Identify the expected cause and effect relationships within a program, and the critical assumptions which underpin whether anticipated change occurs.
• Establish relationships between the more operational constructs of inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes, and impacts as they apply to a program
• Identify critical areas of focus for monitoring and evaluation including determining evaluation questions across different evaluation domains

The role of stakeholders in the development of the Program Theory and Program Logic and ways to promote their participation will be a point of emphasis. The workshop will consider how monitoring and evaluation activities can establish the validity of the Program Theory and Program Logic, and assist in making adjustments to these models as a program matures or understandings about its identity change. Constraints and limitations in the use of Program Theory and Program Logic will also be identified, together with common pitfalls in implementation and means to address these.

Teaching/Learning Strategies and Resources to be Used

The workshop will incorporate a mix of training methods including presentations, use of case studies, and small group interactive work. There will be ample opportunity for open discussion and questions.

Target group:

This workshop is pitched at an Intermediate level.

The workshop's worth

Theory based approaches to evaluation are increasingly recognised as having a core role in evaluation, and their use is seen as a means to resolve debates regarding choice of an appropriate evaluation methodology. The importance of a theory based approach is also reinforced within recent Australian government legislation and guidelines. The Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act (2013) and Resource Management Guide 131 'Developing Good Performance Information' (Department of Finance, April 2015) highlight the important place of logic models as representations of how a program's purpose will be met, the chain of reasoning that connects critical elements to that purpose, and the performance information needed to tell an effective 'performance story'. With a blend of conceptual material and practice, the workshop will position participants to make effective use of Program Theory and Program Logic. The workshop contents are also closely related to the recent SAGE publication, Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks, of which Ian Patrick is joint author.

About the Traineripatrick 250

Dr. Ian Patrick is a self-employed consultant undertaking evaluation related roles in both Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Ian has considerable experience as a trainer and has delivered workshops in areas such as Developing M&E Frameworks, Introduction to M&E, Advanced M&E, Impact Assessment, and Participatory Evaluation. This experience crosses Australia, New Zealand, United States, UK, Ireland and a range of developing countries particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. Ian is an Honorary Senior Fellow with the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne.

Date and time: Wednesday 2 March 2016, 5-7pm
Presenters: Michelle Jones and Margaret Cargo
Venue: KPMG, 151 Pirie Street, Adelaide SA 5000
RSVP by: Monday 29 February 2016

This is a free event.

Following the successful relaunch of the SA Chapter of the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) in December 2015, with a well-attended seminar on the art and science of evaluating wine, we now invite you to our first SA seminar for 2016.

The seminar entitled ‘OPALesence: Epistemological pluralism in the evaluation of a systems-wide childhood obesity prevention program’ will explore the evaluation of a complex systems-wide public health intervention OPAL (Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle) Program. It will provide insights into the research design, methods and implementation of the evaluation and contribute to the debate on how to evaluate community-based interventions with complicated and complex aspects. In an attempt to capture the complexity of childhood obesity and the intervention, the OPAL evaluation research employs post positivist, interpretive and critical epistemologies, valuing epistemological pluralism. Each component of the multi-phase mixed methods evaluation captures different yet complementary information concerning the context, process, cost effectiveness and outcomes providing a more complete understanding of the impacts of the complex program.

The seminar will be presented by Dr Michelle Jones, Principal Evaluation Coordinator, Department for Health and Ageing South Australia, and Associate Professor Margaret Cargo, University of South Australia. It is suited to government evaluators or those with an interest in health and local government evaluation.

We look forward to seeing as many people as possible at the event.

Note: that the seminars are free events supported by the AES. Please also look out for upcoming workshops for 2016 in Adelaide (first one 9-5pm on Friday 18 March 2016 on ‘Using program theory and program logic for improved evaluation practice’) 

Date and Time: Wednesday 9 December 2015, 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
Topic: The Art and Science of Evaluating Wine
Presenter: Dr John Harvey, Bathe Wines
Venue: KPMG, 7th Floor, 151 Pirie Street, Adelaide
Register online by: Tuesday 8 December 2015
Fee: no charge

Revival of SA AES!

The South Australian (SA) membership of the AES can look forward to the revival of their local seminar series in 2016.

In this, the International Year of Evaluation, a small contingent of SA AES members have committed to providing interim membership to the local committee. "It has been an exciting week, and the AES welcomes the news that the SA committee and seminar series have been revived" stated Lyn Alderman, President of AES, while visiting Adelaide in late October.

This is an interim measure until more formal processes can be put in place. Interim AES SA Committee Chair Dr Colin Sharp stated "We look forward to getting the AES SA seminar series underway again in 2016, and welcome suggestions from SA AES members in this regard'.

To kick things off, we invite members to attend Christmas drinks with a short seminar titled 'the Art and Science of Evaluating Wine' by Dr John Harvey (Bathe Wines Winemaker and previously Director of SA Wine Research Centre) to be held at KPMG 5-7pm 9 December 2015.

Date and time: Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 July 2015, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (registration from 8.45am)
Venue: Adelaide CBD
Presenter: Dr Colin Sharp
Register online by:23 July 2015
Fees: AES Members $770, Non-members $935, Student AES member $385, Student non-member $550 (GST inclusive)

About the workshop

Program Evaluation "generally encompasses the systematic collection and analysis of information to make judgements, usually about effectiveness, efficiency and/or appropriateness of an activity" or program (see AES 2006, Guidelines for the Ethical Conduct of Evaluation). As such Program Evaluation is often used as a basis for external accountability. For example government departments hire external evaluation consultants to conduct reviews and report to parliament or executive management on their accountability for the results of their programs; not-for-profit non government organisations (NGOs) similarly are often bound by contracts with government funders to evaluate and report on the results of the programs they are funded to conduct. In the implementation of these functions there are usually service agreements or contracts for the conduct of the evaluation. Contracts are agreements between at least two parties each with essential roles: the evaluation practitioners or 'evaluators', and those whom commission and management the contracted external evaluators on behalf of the government or NGO. This workshop is about the implementation of an evaluation by a provider who is external to the contracting agent. It will assist participants to clarify these roles, develop an understanding of how they work together and enable the participants to better engage in these contractual roles in the conduct of external evaluations.

Workshop Content

This workshop will provide participants with the insights, resource materials and engagement with peers regarding:
• The Role of Consultants
• Inextricably Linked: Monitoring, Evaluation and Management
• Building Partnerships
• The Journey of an Evaluation
• Involvement in the Entire Project Cycle
• Communication and Support
• Capacity Building
• Ensuring Change and Acceptance

Workshop Outcomes and Benefits

Participants will:
• Expand their understanding of project management
• Learn how to contract an external provider
• Explore the relationship that is created between provider and contractor
• Understand how to develop a checklist
• Engage in an interactive dialogue with a leading expert as well as peers, to share experiences and learning.

Target Audience

Target market/sector
• Government
• Community Groups
• Not for Profit Non-Government Organisations

Participant level of experience/qualifications etc
Managers, should have some experience/awareness of program evaluation.

About the presenter
Dr Colin A Sharp

A leading research and evaluation management consultant for over 26 years through his company P.E.R.S.O.N.A.L. (Research & Evaluation) Consultancy and several consortia, Dr Sharp has managed over 50 evaluation contracts, some as client and most as supplier.

He has a PhD in Psychology and a Diploma in Government (Project Management), as well as 40 years experience as an educator, including facilitating workshops for various private providers and Universities. Colin has authored the NaGaSaT model of performance measurement, the START Do-it-Yourself Evaluation Manual, the Organisational Evaluation Capability Hierarchy and Strategic Evaluation models.

He received the ET&S Award for outstanding contribution to evaluation in Australasia in 1992 and is one of the first Fellows of the Australasian Evaluation Society (2003), having been the Vice-President and President, as well as Foundation Chair of the Committee on Ethics and Standards in Evaluation, and Editor of Reflections on Practice and general Editor for the Evaluation Journal of Australasia.

Date and time: 24 and 25 June 2015, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (registration from 8:30 am)
Venue: Adelaide CBD
Presenter: John Donnelly
Register online by: 17 June 2015
Fees: Members $770, Non-members $935, Student member $385, Student non-member $550 (GST inclusive)

Content

The workshop will be offered over 2 days; the first will introduce you to a number of methods which can be used for evaluation and for ongoing monitoring leading to a participatory evaluation; while day two will be an optional workshop where John will assist you to further apply the method to your particular project. The workshop will work with a REAL situation through which you will be able to experience first-hand the usefulness of this methodology on a couple of levels: data collection for monitoring and evaluation; learning by all involved about the project and its issues. The methodology involves sound community engagement, using participatory rapid appraisal methods (PRA) to establish anticipated outcomes and indicators of the change required to achieve those outcomes. Two easy to use, inclusive, ethically sound tools (Ten Seed Technique, Pocket Chart) for data collection are then used to measure these indicators. Data is presented in an easily understood chart format enabling participants to engage in decisions using monitoring data and contribute to the design and conduct of subsequent evaluations.

Participants will

  • become familiar with and be able to confidently utilise a methodology which can be adapted to most group situations but can also be used with individuals.
  • learn to use data collection tools which are ethical, participatory and user friendly alternatives to individual or household surveys;
  • learn to present monitoring data meaningfully to those to whom it applies.
  • be introduced to creative ways of presenting the data in reports, including the use of participant photography and drawings.

Who should attend

Any person involved in the monitoring and/or evaluation of social interventions targeting groups of people, locally or regionally, within Australia or internationally. The workshop is particularly valuable for evaluators concerned about the ethical issues involved in working with vulnerable groups of people, and people with low literacy levels.

Presenter

Dr John Donnelly works as an independent consultant with extensive experience in community development projects in domestic and in international development sectors. A two time recipient of the AES award for Excellence in Evaluation, Community Development (in 2010 and 2011) John is recognised for developing innovative participatory methodologies that ensure the engagement of all those wishing to be involved in the design, monitoring and evaluation of development interventions.

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