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Date and Time: Wednesday 19 August 2015, 5:30 pm to 7pm.
Topic: Does the Victorian government need an evaluation community of interest?
Panel Members: Bronwen McDonald (Independent evaluator), Julie McGeary (Specialist Evaluation, DEDJTR), (TBC)Jess Dart (Managing Director, Clear Horizons), (TBC)Kirsty Fenton (Indigo Consulting)
Venue: VicHealth Seminar Room, Ground Floor, 15‐31 Pelham Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
Register online by: 18 August 2015
Fee: no charge

Evidence based policy and public sector performance and accountability remain central discussions about the Victorian public service. Many departments resource evaluation roles and teams, and there are numerous professional consultants and academics able to assist with evaluations. The AES offers seminars, a conference and training, as do many evaluation research and training companies. However, there isn't (currently) an active whole of Victorian Government evaluation network. During the late 1990s throughout the 2000s, such a network grew and developed to enable over 200 members to increase the evaluation culture, share organisational learning, and further build capability in Victorian Government organisations. This seminar brings together the thoughts and experiences of four people centrally involved in the life cycle of the Victorian Government community of interest for evaluation. They will share reflections on the history and format of the former community of interest, why it was important to them, what it required to thrive, and what its particular strengths were. Looking forward, we will ask 'does the Victorian Government need an evaluation community of interest?' and 'starting anew, what are the essential features for it to thrive? This seminar aims to be of relevance not just to government evaluators, but also the broader community of evaluators in Victoria who work with and support them.