Date and time: Wednesday 18 May 2016, 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Topic: How to deal with squeaky wheels: Evaluating community engagement
Presenter: Jess Dart, Clear Horizon Consulting
Venue: VicHealth, Ground Floor, 15-31 Pelham St, Carlton, Victoria, 3053
RSVP by: Monday 16 May 2016
This is a free event
Increasingly, public and private sector organisations are seeing the importance of reaching out to communities to engage, consult and collaborate on policy, programs and other decisions. Engagement is a pivotal part of many programs. It is important that evaluation pays attention to the engagement processes when this is the case. This seminar will explore the unique dilemmas of evaluating engagement and help participants explore solutions for these dilemmas.
While the logic of evaluating engagement is entirely consistent with that of program evaluation more broadly, there are some unique challenges, including:
- engagement approaches cover a wide range of activities and need a wide range of evaluation approaches
- the influence of dominant personalities, power structures and relationships
- the challenges around evaluating relationship capital that may extend beyond program timeframes.
The seminar will offer some practical steps, as well as a set of principles, for evaluating engagement processes.
Jess Dart's professional interests are in evaluation methods, evaluation theory, collaborative approaches, and strategic planning. She has a PhD in program evaluation and an MSc in Sustainable Agriculture. Her doctoral research involved adapting and testing a story-based monitoring and evaluation tool named the 'Most Significant Change' technique (MSC). She went on to co-author the user-guide with Rick Davies. Jess is the founder of Clear Horizon Consulting a medium sized consulting company specialising in evaluation and strategy.
For a copy of the powerpoint presentation click here