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eval shoestring 600

Date and time: Tuesday 1st September AND Tuesday 8th September 2020, 9.00am to 10.30am AEST (registration from 8.45am) Registrants must attend both sessions (half day workshop - 2 sessions)

Venue: Via Zoom. Details will be emailed to registrants just prior to the workshop start time

Facilitator: Natalie Fisher

Register online by: 27 August 2020. Spaces limited to 25 participants from Australia and NZ and international AES members

Fees (GST inclusive): Members $165, Non-members $315, Student member $95, Student non-member $140*
 * Students must send proof of their full-time student status to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Workshop Overview

Evaluation budgets are often tight in sectors such as the arts and cultural, and not-for-profit sectors. But add Covid-19 and a recession to the mix, how can you possibly find the budget to conduct important evaluations?

Even with budget constraints, it can be possible to commission or conduct a useful and robust evaluation without threats to validity or reliability. Adopting a shoestring approach has the added benefit of clarifying what really matters in your evaluation, asking the questions you really need answered and working efficiently. This is good evaluation practice even under normal circumstances.

Workshop Content

In this workshop we will work through what aspects of the evaluation process are non negotiable, and where savings can be made in challenging financial times.

You will learn:

  • Simple, practical steps to conducting a straightforward evaluation on a budget;
  • What aspects of the evaluation process should not be compromised;
  • How to collect data on a budget without compromising quality;
  • How to work with an external evaluator in the most cost-efficient way;
  • The pitfalls to avoid when trying to save money on evaluation projects.

PL competencies

This workshop aligns with competencies in the AES Evaluator’s Professional Learning Competency Framework. The identified domains are:

  • Domain 3 – Culture, stakeholders and context
  • Domain 4 – Research methods and systematic inquiry
  • Domain 5 – Project management
  • Domain 6 – Interpersonal skills
  • Domain 7 – Evaluation Activities

Who should attend?

Individuals who work in evaluation within sectors particularly hit during hard financial times, including the human services, not-for-profit, arts, regional arts and cultural sectors.

Workshop start times
  • Victoria, NSW, ACT, QLD, TAS: 9.00am
  • SA, NT: 8.30am
  • Perth: 7.00am
  • New Zealand: 11.00am

About the facilitator

Natalie Fisher is an experienced evaluation consultant with more than 15 years of experience conducting evaluation projects in the arts, cultural and not-for-profit sectors. She formed NSF Consulting in 2004. In 2017 she attained a Master of Evaluation from the University of Melbourne, graduating with First Class Honours.

Recent evaluation projects have included working with regional arts and cultural organisations to help build their in-house evaluation capacity, whilst guiding them through the evaluation process. She has also designed, managed and conducted full evaluation projects for clients including Regional Arts Victoria, Create NSW, Story Factory, Blue Shield Australia, City of Sydney, Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Queensland and Arts Victoria.

Natalie has also chaired and presented at regional arts and evaluation conferences around Australia.


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