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Date and time: Wednesday 16th May 2018 5.30 - 7.00 pm
Topic: Foundations of Rubric Design
Presenter: Dr. Krystin Martens, Centre for Program Evaluation, University of Melbourne
Venue: VicHealth Seminar Room, Ground Floor, 15‐31 Pelham Street, Carlton South
Register online by: lunchtime on Monday 14th May 2018

This is a free seminar organised by the VIC Regional Network Committee 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. Please pass this onto your colleagues and networks.

Seminar overview

It can be argued that making evaluative reasoning explicit is a core evaluator competency. And while many evaluators recognise the importance of evaluative reasoning, some practitioners still grapple with how to intentionally design evaluations to provide transparent and explicit evaluative conclusions that promote understanding and evaluation use.

Rubrics are an evaluation-specific methodology that can assist evaluators in the fundamental task of systematically determining merit. As tools, their core form (characteristics and configuration) and function (the natural purpose) embody the very nature and logic of evaluation. To this end, rubrics outline the criteria and standards used to judge performance. They are a matrix that outlines how evaluative determinations are made and provide a sound strategy to promote transparency to enhance stakeholder buy in.

This session will focus on how to design rubrics to make evaluative reasoning explicit and enable practitioners to transparently draw evaluative conclusions. It will cover core concepts and practical steps to support evaluation practitioners in designing and using rubrics in their work.

Presenter background

Krystin Martens is a Lecturer at the Centre for Program Evaluation at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

AES Evaluator’s Professional Domain of Competence:
  • Domain 1 – Evaluative attitude and professional practice: by forwarding self-awareness through promotion of transparency in the evaluation process.
  • Domain 2 – Evaluation theory (Theoretical Foundations, Theoretical Foundations, Evaluative Knowledge, Theory, and Reasoning): by furthering knowledge of the logic of evaluation, evaluative actions, and synthesis methodologies.
  • Domain 3 – Culture, stakeholders and context: by developing criteria and applying standards in a way that is sensitive to cultural context.
  • Domain 4 – Research methods and systematic inquiry: by interpreting evidence through a systematic and transparent synthesis method

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