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Date and time: Wednesday 15th November 2017 5.30 - 7.00 pm - to be followed by wine & cheese to celebrate the end of the year
Topic: Climate Change Adaptation - what is it, and how do you evaluate it?
Presenters: Martin Pritchard, PREA, and Damien Sweeney, Clear Horizons
Venue: VicHealth Seminar Room, Ground Floor, 15‐31 Pelham Street, Carlton South
Register online by: Friday 10th November 2017

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

Seminar overview

Martin and Damien will discuss some of the similar and unique challenges of evaluating Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) projects in the South Pacific. Short case studies featuring the Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Islands States program and the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) program will be used to highlight these challenges. An overview of the Vanuatu Resilience Framework will illustrate efforts that are being made to make climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction evaluations more robust. Participants will be asked to share any relevant evaluation experiences and propose solutions to the challenges proposed.

This event also marks the end of year celebration for the Victorian Seminar Series. Come along and meet other Victorian evaluators and share your ideas for the 2018 Seminar Series

Presenters background

Martin Pritchard is Director and co-founder of Pacific Research and Evaluation Associates (PREA). His research and evaluation work is guided by an interest and passion for the environment and sustainability which flows over into recent international development projects focused on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the Pacific region. Martin is the co-creator of the Evaluation Toolbox website and is currently the co-convenor of the Melbourne Development Circle. Martin has just returned from Papua New Guinea where led a small evaluation of a climate change adaptation project in the community agriculture sector.

Damien Sweeney is a Senior Consultant at Clear Horizon. He works in the international development sector as well as nationally, including developing climate change adaptation strategic performance frameworks. Damien has worked across the Pacific region on regional climate change adaptation projects (GCCA:PSIS; PACC), as well as more local CCA and DRR projects in the Solomon Islands. Damien is the co-creator of the Evaluation Toolbox website.

AES Evaluator’s Professional Domain of Competence:

7 – Evaluation Activities. Conduct data collection activities, use existing data, integrate data from multiple sources, report findings in formats that are useful for client and key stakeholders.
4 – Research Methods and Systematic Enquiry – employ valid quantitative data with rigour, and where possible to statistical confidence levels, use software, internet and other technological tools to facilitate effective data collection and analysis


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