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ImprovingEvaluation

Date and Time: Thursday 11 February 2016, 9am to 5pm (registration from 8.30am)
Location: Urbis, 120 Collins Street, Melbourne 
Presenters: Duncan Rintoul and Vanessa Hood
Register by: Monday 8 February 2016
Fees: Members $440, Non-members $605, Student members $220, Student non-members $302.50

About the workshop
This one-day course has been custom designed for people who want to commission better evaluations. It is for people with a role in planning, commissioning and managing evaluations. It is suitable for beginners through to those with a few years' experience who want to gain knowledge and consolidate their understanding of:
• different types of evaluation and how they can be used to inform policy, strategy and project work
• principles and steps in successfully planning and implementing an evaluation project
• techniques for developing and prioritising your evaluation questions
• effective strategies for stakeholder engagement in the evaluation process
• elements that make up a good evaluation brief / approach to market
• factors that influence the scale, budget and timeframe of an evaluation
• what to look for in an external evaluation team
• assessment of evaluation proposals and the procurement process
• management of evaluation consultancies
• ethical conduct, governance and risk management in evaluation.

The training is interactive and hands-on, with lots of practical examples and group activities through the day to keep the blood pumping and the brain ticking. It will provide you with tools that you can start using immediately.

Who should attend?
Anyone working in government, the community sector or business who has a role in planning, commissioning or managing evaluations. No prior experience in evaluation is required.

The course is limited to 20 participants. If the course books out, it will be run again.

About the presentersrintoul

Duncan Rintoul is a member of the AES Board with over 15 years' research and evaluation experience across a broad range of policy areas, organisational contexts and methodologies. His working week is currently split between the NSW Department of Education (where he is a Principal Evaluator in the Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation) and writing up his PhD at the University of Wollongong (on questionnaire design for the web). He has also worked extensively in evaluation consultancy, and was on the Urbis team that won the AES Award for Evaluation Project of the Year in 2011. Duncan runs popular introductory courses in evaluation for the AES and the Australian Market and Social Research Society, and has also developed internal training programs for state and commonwealth government agencies with portfolios ranging from road safety and industry through to child protection and disability.

V Hood April 2011

Vanessa Hood is a skilled evaluator and facilitator with over 15 years' experience in a range of settings, particularly around behaviour change for sustainability. Vanessa is passionate about working with people and uses a range of creative facilitation techniques to help participants engage deeply with technical content and, importantly, with each other. Most of her experience has been in the Victorian government, where she has a lead role in building capability for evaluative thinking in a large agency. There she regularly delivers structured training, coaching and mentoring in evaluation for her colleagues, has established evaluation and outcome-focused approaches to embed reflective practice at all levels of the business, and has conducted numerous internal evaluations at project and strategic organisational level. Vanessa also works part time as a consultant and facilitator at Rooftop Social, with Duncan.

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