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Date and time: Wednesday 20th June 2018 5.30 - 7.00 pm
Topic: From latrines to China’s One Child Policy: Insights to the use of experimental evaluation techniques – RCTs, natural experiments and lab-style behavioural experiments
Presenter: Lisa Cameron, The University of Melbourne
Venue: VicHealth Seminar Room, Ground Floor, 15‐31 Pelham Street, Carlton South
Register online by: lunchtime on Monday 18th June 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

How do you match your methodological approach to the policy context? When is a Randomised Control Trial (RCT) the best approach in evaluation? Is it ethical to assign people to a control group, potentially denying them access to a valuable intervention? How do you best design a randomised evaluation to ensure that it tells us, not just whether the intervention worked, but also how and why? Join us at the June seminar where Lisa will draw on her extensive experience working in policy evaluation to reflect on these questions and more.

Presenter background

Lisa Cameron joined the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne as a professorial research fellow in July 2017. She is an empirical micro-economist whose research incorporates the techniques of experimental and behavioural economics so as to better understand human decision-making. Much of her research focuses on policy evaluation - understanding the impacts and behavioural implications of public policy, with a focus on social and economic issues. She is particularly interested in the welfare of disadvantaged and marginalised groups and the socio-economic determinants of health. Much of her research to date has focused on developing countries, particularly Indonesia and China and she has extensive experience collaborating with agencies such as the World Bank and AusAID (DFAT). Her recent move to the Melbourne Institute reflects an interest in the same issues and policy evaluation in the Australian context.

AES Evaluator’s Professional Domain of Competence:
  • 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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