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Date and time: Wednesday 17th July 2019 5.30 - 7.00 pm
Topic: Evidence Based Policy Making - What is evaluation’s role in policy making and how can we have more influence?
Presenters: Eleanor Williams, Department of Health and Human Services
Venue: VicHealth Seminar Room, Ground Floor, 15‐31 Pelham Street, Carlton South
Register online by: lunchtime on Monday 15th July 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

This presentation and workshop will examine questions around how evidence-based policy is meant to work and the role of evaluation in the policy cycle, as well as considering some international case studies of evidence-based policy in practice (the good, the bad and the ugly). Participants will be invited to consider some of the latest developments in evidence sources for policy, the role of big data and experimental design, and how evaluation can embrace these opportunities to feed into a deeper understanding of what works in practice.

Presenter's background

Eleanor is a public policy and evaluation professional with over 15 years working with the Victorian public sector and currently leads the Centre for Evaluation and Research at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. In this role Eleanor has led the development of the department's evaluation and research capability building approach and is currently supporting over 70 evaluation projects across the health and human services portfolios. Eleanor and her team convene the Victorian Public Sector Evaluation Network which has over 100 members from across all departments and agencies with the aim of sharing knowledge and building evaluation capability.

Eleanor holds a Masters of Public Policy and Management, and has worked in a variety of senior management and executive roles in Government and as a management consultant with KPMG.

AES Evaluator’s Professional Domain of Competence

This seminar relates to:

  • Domain 3: Culture, Stakeholders and Context
  • Domain 4: Research Methods and Systematic Inquiry, and
  • Domain 7: Evaluation Activities


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