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Date and time: Wednesday 16 March 2016, 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Topic: From evaluation theory to tests of evaluation theory?
Presenter: Brad Astbury, Lecturer, Centre for Program Evaluation, The University of Melbourne
Venue: VicHealth, Ground Floor, 15-31 Pelham St, Carlton, Victoria, 3053
RSVP by Tuesday 15 March 2016

This is a free event

Evaluation is a booming business. Each year the number of ‘new’ approaches, models, frameworks, and toolkits grows exponentially. There seems to be no shortage of opinions regarding how one ought to conduct evaluation. A driving adage seems to be ‘let a thousand flowers bloom’. Innovation is important, and should be encouraged. Yet, the vast majority of prescriptions regarding evaluation practice have not been substantiated. In this presentation I consider the theme of ‘research on evaluation’ and provide an overview of past and present literature on the topic. A variety of potentially fruitful ways to ‘test’ evaluation theory are discussed, in the hope that this will encourage greater efforts to reflect an evaluative gaze back on evaluation itself.

Brad Astbury is a lecturer at the University of Melbourne, Centre for Program Evaluation (CPE), where he teaches introductory and advanced evaluation theory and methodology subjects within the Masters of Evaluation. This specialised course has been running for two decades and is the only program of its kind in Australasia. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at Deakin University, Population Health Strategic Research Centre (SRC), Faculty of Health.

Brad has 15 years of experience in evaluating programs, mainly in the area of criminal justice, health, education and agricultural-extension. Brad is co-author of three books, many journal articles and book chapters and numerous commissioned reports. Recent publications have appeared in the American Journal of Evaluation, Evaluation, Interdisciplinary Journal of Social Sciences, and Advances in Program Evaluation book series.

His main areas of interest are evaluation theory, social research methdology, and impact evaluation.