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Date and time: Tuesday 7th July 12.30pm - 2.00pm AEST please see below for start times in your region

Facilitators: AES South Australia and AES Aotearoa New Zealand

Venue: Via Zoom. Details will be emailed to registrants prior to the session start time

Register online by: noon on Friday 3 July. Places limited to 35 participants

The AES invites you to join a facilitated online networking session to catch up with your colleagues in the evaluation field. This is an opportunity to meet new people from across the AES membership base as well as the wider evaluation community and to discuss several key issues facing evaluation and evaluators, such as:

  1. Adjusting to new ways of working
  2. Challenges overcome and lessons learned
  3. Reflective networking

Facilitators will be from the AES regional committees and the free sessions will be hosted via Zoom. AES members and the wider evaluation community are welcome to join our new series of engagement sessions.

Session overview

A panel discussion which explores the experience of 3 evaluators adapting to remote evaluation methods for complex programmes. Short presentations will be followed by an open facilitated conversation and exchange of ideas.

Who should attend

Evaluation practitioners who are keen to explore and exchange practical experience in designing robust remote evaluation and applying innovative methods to these.

About the panel members

Kara Scally Irvine is a AES member and ANZEA board member who has been working in research, monitoring, and evaluation for nearly 20 years. Her first love is environmental science and international development, but her consulting work has meant she’s worked across a diverse range of sectors including health, education, community development, sport and recreation, regulatory systems, and science and innovation.  Kara will moderate the session.

Doyen Radcliffe is a Yamatji Naaguja Wajarri man from the Midwest Region of Western Australia. Doyen  is a community minded individual with a passion for empowering  Indigenous communities to reach their real potential to improve quality of life, health, social and economic wellbeing and inclusion within Australian society. Doyen works as a Regional Manager with Community First Development and was a member of CFD Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation working group which worked to improve CFDs ability to capture impact and change in the communities it works with. As Director and former Vice President of AES Doyen worked to strengthen and build Indigenous and non-Indigenous capacity in culturally safe evaluation theory, practice and use. Doyen will present on how CFD continues to work with Indigenous communities/organisations during COVID-19 on community development activities including some of the ways we monitor and evaluate these activities remotely.

Donna Leigh Holden is a development practitioner, partnership broker and evaluator who loves working with complex multi-stakeholder partnerships and programmes. Donna will share how she and her team transformed the evaluation of a complex social inclusion and human rights partnership of 130 partners in 16 countries across 6 regions to a robust, remote end term evaluation that took into account stakeholder diversity, contextual complexity and challenging security and protection considerations.

John Fargher is an Agricultural Scientist and Development Economist with more than 40 years international experience.  John will share how he and his colleagues conducted a performance and quality evaluation of an Indonesian agribusiness program at short notice.  How did they remotely engage participants in 14 locations across 9 countries?

Session start times
  • Victoria, NSW, ACT, QLD, TAS: 12.30pm
  • SA, NT: 12.00pm
  • Perth: 10.30am
  • New Zealand: 2.30pm

NB: the facilitators would love to see your faces so please feel free to use video but please make sure you are muted when not speaking.


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