Date and time: Wednesday 15th May 2019 5.30 - 7.00 pm
Topic: The Lived Experience Evaluators Project
Presenters: Anna Strempel, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Venue: VicHealth Seminar Room, Ground Floor, 15‐31 Pelham Street, Carlton South
Register online by: lunchtime on Monday 13th May 2019

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

The Lived Experience Evaluators Project (LEEP) is a pilot project of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC). Many people seeking asylum have professional backgrounds and wish to re-establish their professional careers in Australia; however, without local experience and networks this can be very difficult. At the same time, key actors in the evaluation sector have recognised the need to increase diversity and elevate the role of lived experience in program evaluation. LEEP seeks to address both these issues by providing paid internships to people seeking asylum who want to develop skills in program evaluation. LEEP is now underway, with four interns undertaking training and practical projects at the ASRC.

This presentation will outline how the LEEP pilot was designed, its progress so far, and what the future might hold – scale up, scale out, scale deep?

Presenter's background

Anna Strempel is the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. She holds a Master of International Relations, Master of Journalism and Bachelor of Social Science (Environment). Anna came to M&E via program management, social research and advocacy roles in the environment and community sectors. She first discovered her interest in evaluation while working as a social researcher at RMIT University’s Centre for Urban Research, but it wasn’t until she conducted a needs assessment and evaluation of a women’s farming project in Aceh, Indonesia that she began to see evaluation as a potential career path. She then worked on evaluations of several community development programs before taking on her current role at the ASRC.

AES Evaluator’s Professional Domain of Competence:

This seminar relates primarily to Domain 3: Culture, Stakeholders and Context


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