Date and time: Wednesday 18 November 2015, 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Topic: Lessons from a national longitudinal evaluation of Indigenous education
Presenters: Deborah Rhodes, Martin Pritchard and Dr James Scambary
Venue: VicHealth, Ground Floor, 15-31 Pelham St, Carlton, Victoria, 3053
RSVP by Tuesday 17 November 2015

Evaluators are surrounded by, and work within, a multiplicity of values, including cultural perspectives. These perspectives are embedded within the evaluand, the context within which an evaluand exists, and within the evaluation commissioners and stakeholders themselves. The challenge for the evaluator is to be cognisant of, and responsive to, such perspectives.

The AES Evaluators' Professional Learning Competency Framework (Domain 3) encourages evaluators to identify and apply appropriate cultural protocols by: having cultural expertise on the evaluation team; applying standards that are sensitive to cultural context(s); using culturally-appropriate methods for consultation, engagement, processes and reporting; seeking dispensation for any departure of processes from cultural norms; and understanding and articulating the potential and limitations of the evaluation within the cultural context(s).

This seminar is an opportunity to learn from and engage with 3 evaluators with extensive cross-cultural experience.

About the presenters
Deborah Rhodes is an independent consultant and trainer in development cooperation, specialising in approaches which contribute to capacity in different cultural contexts. She has worked on a wide variety of aid and development activities in Asian and Pacific countries. She trains development practitioners on topics such as cross-cultural approaches, participatory development, design and M&E. Deborah has published two books: Practitioners' Handbook for Capacity Development: A Cross-Cultural Approach (2013) is used widely by Australian NGOs; and Capacity Across Cultures: Global Lessons from Pacific Experiences (2014) is included in university courses and used by practitioners working in the Asia Pacific region.

Martin Pritchard has worked in information technology, been an active volunteer with environmental and social justice campaigns and lived and worked in Tonga. After working at the National Centre for Sustainability at Swinburne University he co-founded Pacific Research and Evaluation Associates co-creating the Evaluation Toolbox website and conducting project evaluation work in Australia and the Pacific region with special interest in development issues and climate change adaptation in Small Island Developing States. In addition to on-ground evaluation work, the team also specialise in delivering training in M&E and project design.

Dr James Scambary is a research consultant with the Asia Foundation and a Visiting Fellow at the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program at ANU. James worked as a trainer in media development in Timor-Leste between 2003 & 2006. Since then, James has conducted research and evaluations on a variety of themes surrounding conflict, peacebuilding, governance and organised crime in Timor-Leste for a range of agencies including the New York Social Science Research Council, DFAT and the World Bank. His recent monitoring and evaluation projects have included a mid-term and final evaluation of the Catholic Relief Services' two year urban peacebuilding project, and the Asia Foundation's four year State/Society Relations project, both in Timor-Leste.

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