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Date and time: Thursday 19th July 2018, 9am to 5pm (registration from 8.30am)
Location: Gardenia room at Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne, 89 Queen Street, Melbourne 3000
Facilitator: Jess Dart, Clear Horizon
Register online by: Friday 13 July 2018
Fees (GST inclusive):  Members $440, Non-members $605, Student member $220, Student non-member $302.50

About the workshop

Design thinking and social innovation processes are becoming increasingly prevalent in Australia. Social innovation and ‘service design’ require evaluative thinking and ways to test prototypes and pilots, and there are new and growing needs for evaluators to work with designers. However, many evaluators don’t know the language or the promise that this new area of work presents. Equally many designers don’t think to draw on the skills of evaluation. Understanding the interface between Design and Evaluation is critical for the positioning of evaluation and evaluative thinking in modern organisations.

This workshop will introduce the concept of ‘human-centred design’ and then explore how evaluators can work effectively at different stages and phases of the design cycle. You will learn about the new ”InDEEP” framework which provides a menu of different evaluation approaches to select across the design cycle. We use a practical case study of a design process to lift school attendance in a disadvantaged school. Participants will be invited to practice some hands-on exercises in small groups. The workshop will include a mix of presentation and small-group experiential processes.


How to apply evaluative thinking at the different stages of a design project.Learn about a new approach that integrates design and evaluation, called “InDEEP”

Learning Outcomes and Objectives

  1. To understand what human centred design is, and the different phases of the innovation cycle
  2. To understand how evaluation can be applied across the design cycle, from scoping tools, testing tools and reflective practice.

PL competencies

This workshop aligns with competencies in the AES Evaluator’s Professional Learning Competency Framework. The identified domains are:

  • Domain 3 – Culture, stakeholders and context
  • Domain 4 – Research methods and systematic inquiry
  • JessDart1Domain 7 – Evaluation Activities 

Who should attend?

The workshop assumes a basic knowledge of evaluation and is aimed at intermediate to advanced levels of evaluation, however no prior knowledge of human centred design is required.

About the facilitator

Dr Jess Dart is the founder of Clear Horizon – a national consultancy company specializing in evaluation and design. A recognised leader in evaluation and co-design with over 25 years experience, Jess is passionate about using evaluating thinking and design to solve wicked social problems. Of late Jess has been increasingly working with social innovators and thinking about how to bring together the disciplines of evaluation and design


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