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Date and time: Wednesday 20th November 2019 5.30 - 7.00 pm
After the seminar, please join the Vic committee for some drinks and nibbles, as we draw the 2019 seminar season to a close. All are welcome to join – available on arrival/during/after seminar.

Topic: Beyond fads and fashions - 10 evaluation books that will stand the test of time
Presenters: Brad Astbury, ARTD Consulting
Venue: VicHealth Seminar Room, Ground Floor, 15‐31 Pelham Street, Carlton South
Register online by: Monday 18th November 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

Like many fields of inquiry, evaluation is highly susceptible to fads and fashions. Evaluation fads, just like clothing styles, enjoy a brief period of popularity, attracting widespread enthusiasm among evaluators and commissioners. Often fads resurface and are repackaged and rebranded under new labels to create the illusion of innovation.

In this seminar Brad will discuss the phenomena of ‘faddism’ in evaluation and speculate about the reasons why evaluators are so prone to the bandwagon effect. As an antidote to populism and buzzwords, 10 evaluation books that can help you avoid becoming a fashion victim are reviewed to distil enduring lessons for contemporary evaluation practice.

Presenter's background

Brad Astbury is a Director at ARTD Consulting, based in the Melbourne office. He has over 18 years’ experience in evaluation and applied social research and considerable expertise in combining diverse forms of evidence to improve both the quality and utility of evaluation. He has managed and conducted needs assessments, process and impact studies and theory-driven evaluations across a wide range of policy areas for industry, government, community and not-for-profit clients. Prior to joining ARTD in 2018, Brad worked for over a decade at the University of Melbourne, where he taught and mentored postgraduate evaluation students.

AES Evaluator’s Professional Domain of Competence

This seminar relates to Domains 1 and 2. 


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