Date and time: Wednesday 12th September 2018 5.30 - 7.00 pm
Topic: Evaluating Value for Money
Presenter: Michelle Besley of Collective Insights & Byron Pakula of Clear Horizon
Venue: VicHealth Seminar Room, Ground Floor, 15‐31 Pelham Street, Carlton South
Register online by: lunchtime on Monday 10th August 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

This seminar is designed for people who have some familiarity with monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and are seeking to delve further into understanding how to incorporate value for money into M&E systems or evaluations.

The panel will introduce the concept of value for money and its varied definitions, highlighting the core components that constitute value for money. Case studies of how to incorporate value for money in to M&E systems as well as evaluations will be provided, including some M&E techniques that you can use for your M&E!

Lessons, pitfalls and good practices will be discussed.

Presenter background

Michelle Besley is an independent consultant specialising in program logic design; design of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Frameworks, program evaluation and assessment of value for money. She brings experience working with small community-based organisations to international NGOs, UN agencies and government. In 2014 Michelle developed a tool for Oxfam to assess the value for money of complex development programs building on contemporary theory. She has continued to evolve the tool, undertaking a range of value for money assessments for government and NGOs.

Byron Pakula, B.Com (Hons. Economics), M.International Development & Environmental Analysis, P.G.Dip International Law - Through practical experiences and applied research, Byron brings new ideas for the design, monitoring and evaluation of international aid programs. Byron supports clients to make sense of the complexity and specialises in designing M&E systems, strategic plans, investment frameworks, performance management systems and results frameworks. He has a passion for well-informed and strategic decision making, including investment allocations to maximise efficiency, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness in international development.

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