Date and Time: Wednesday 15th July 2015, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Venue: VicHealth Seminar Room, Ground Floor, 15‐31 Pelham Street, Carlton South
Presenters: Vanessa Hood, Helga Svendsen and Viv McWaters
Register online by 14th July 2015 

With evaluation being squeezed for time and resources in projects, it's even more important to maximise the use of people's time and to involve them in evaluation activities as a part of the project itself. That's easier said than done, especially if your experience of facilitation and participatory methods extends not much further than leading a focus group.

In this interactive session, three experienced facilitators will demonstrate a range of participatory activities. These activities can be used to collect evaluation data at any time during a project cycle.

When using facilitated approaches, participants engage more fully with the content and with each other. This allows individuals to contribute fully and also become more aware of others' responses.

Human nature and group dynamics can work against both quality and inclusiveness when collecting evaluation data from groups. Quality facilitation helps to overcome these issues by encouraging everyone to participate and have a say, exploring beyond surface level responses, being adaptable and flexible, and enabling the collection of a lot of data in a short amount of time.

About the presenters

Vanessa Hood
Vanessa Hood is the Evaluation Lead at Sustainability Victoria (SV). In her role she regularly uses her facilitation skills to run workshops and to coach staff in evaluation. She also leads the evaluation of the organisation's three year strategy. Vanessa has over 15 years' experience working with the Victorian government and, more recently, as an independent facilitator. She loves exploring creative ways of engaging with people in group and individual settings, including using applied improvisation.

Helga Svendsen
Helga is a connector: ideas to strategy; strategy to plans; plans to action; people to opportunities. She is passionate about empowerment, wise decision-making and connecting talk to action. She revels in assisting individuals and organisations to be clear on their role and plan to make the world a better place. She runs her own consultancy business specialising in strategy and planning, stakeholder engagement, and governance. Building on her extensive leadership roles in government, not-for-profit and membership organisations, Helga is a dynamic facilitator, a supportive and challenging coach, an effective trainer and an engaging speaker.

Viv McWaters
Viv, founder of Beyond the Edge, and co-founder of Creative Facilitation, specialises in group facilitation that breaks patterns and habits, and draws on her background in the natural sciences and the arts. Most recently her work has been focused on disaster risk reduction, emergency response, and participatory development – within communities and organisations – building resilience and capacity. Working in over 35 different countries has fuelled her passion for bird watching and street art!