Date and Time: Wednesday 20 May 2015, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Venue: VicHealth Seminar Room, Ground Floor, 15-31 Pelham Street, Carlton South VIC 3053
Presenters: Judy Lockie & Kari Sann
Register online by: 18 May 2015
Fee: No Charge

Reflective practice is an inquiry approach that involves a personal commitment to continuous learning and improvement. It is a deliberate pause to assume an open perspective, to allow for higher-level thinking processes. Reflective practice encourages the practitioner to examine their beliefs, goals, and practices, to gain new or deeper understandings resulting in actions designed to improve practice and ultimately, outcomes for clients, patients or beneficiaries. Reflective practices have long been used in clinical and professional learning environments as an important source of professional development and learning.

On the journey of becoming a competent evaluator, it is useful for us to take the time to critically reflect on our own practice, what we're learning and how we can improve. Evaluators work in a variety of environments. For those who are consultants, this commonly means working alone or in small (sometimes new) teams, quickly understanding and adapting to a new operating context, while collecting, analysing and making sense of complex, and sometimes conflicting, information in short timeframes. We celebrate when evaluations go well and provide guidance for organisations to forge their future directions, but there are also times when challenges arise. We can learn from both experiences.

In this session we will look at the guiding principles of reflective practice, and provide an insight into how it has been applied in a clinical setting (audiology). We will also look at the challenges to the practitioner and consider how to encourage a reflective disposition. We will then explore how reflective practice can be applied in evaluation practice, using a simple tool called After Action Reviews. This takes us through a frank, open and honest reflection to develop insight about what happened and what can be learned from an evaluation. We'll also explore how reflective practice principles can be useful to inform monitoring and evaluation methods.

About the presenters:

Judy Lockie is an audiologist and health professional educator with 40 years' experience as an academic and clinical teacher. She teaches reflective practice to students in the Master of Audiology program at the University of Melbourne, as part of professionalism and ethics.

Kari Sann has worked in monitoring and evaluation for 15 years. She is currently a consultant, and previously worked in government and not-for-profit sectors. Kari uses reflective practice approaches with a network of colleagues to critically look at her own work. She also draws on the principles of reflective practices to inform monitoring and evaluation methods for a variety of clients in international development and the Victorian public sector.

AES Competency 1: Self-evaluative attitude and professional practice