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Date and time: Wednesday 21st August 2019 5.30 - 7.00 pm
Topic: Piloting a whole-of-government model for resourcing and delivering system-wide evaluation – key insights and lessons
Presenters: Lauren Costello - Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria, Kon Jew-Chung - Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria and Patricia Rogers - Evidence and Evaluation Hub
Venue: VicHealth Seminar Room, Ground Floor, 15‐31 Pelham Street, Carlton South
Register online by: Monday 19th August 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 Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) is currently piloting a whole-of-government model for system-wide evaluation. This pilot project brings together existing evaluation, data analytics, policy and behavioral insights capabilities internal to the Victorian Public Service to evaluate a package of government initiatives that have been funded to address a major policy problem. This presentation will provide high level insights and lessons from this pilot and provide us with an opportunity to reflect on what could be done to improve how we use evaluation to:

  • tell us how well programs are working together, and how they can be improved in parts and as a whole
  • improve the efficiency and productivity of how we evaluate, through direct sharing of our collective resources and experiences, and learning from each other in a practical and targeted way
  • reduce departmental silos in evidence creation and use, and showcasing the skills and experiences of evaluation teams across government

Presenter's background

Lauren Costello is the Director of Outcomes and Evidence at DPC and has oversight of the outcomes and evidence reforms currently underway across the Victorian Public Service. Kon Jew-Chung manages the evidence reform work at DPC. They are both passionate about using evaluation as an approach to strengthen how government departments generate and use evidence to improve the effectiveness of public policies. Over the years, they have both separately designed and managed a range of evaluations and research projects in the human services, health and economic development portfolios of government.

Patricia Rogers is Professor of Public Sector Evaluation at ANZSOG and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and Director of BetterEvaluation. She is an experienced evaluator who worked on evaluations and evaluation systems for more than 20 years in programs and policies in a wide range of sectors. She is the independent reviewer of this pilot project.

AES Evaluator’s Professional Domain of Competence

This seminar relates to:

  • Competency 1: Evaluative Attitude and Professional Practice
  • Competency 5: Evaluation Project Management
  • Competency 7: Evaluation Activities in the AES Seminar topics and the Competency Framework


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