Date and Time: Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Venue: VicHealth Seminar Room, Ground Floor, 15‐31 Pelham Street, Carlton South
Presenters: John Owen, Principal Fellow, Centre for Program Evaluation, University of Melbourne
Jessica Kenway, Director, Bluebird Consultants
Talya Mathews, Research, Evaluation and Analysis Manager, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Register by: Monday, 13 June 2016
This is a free event
Thinking about becoming an evaluator? Considering new or different career options? Not sure what skills you need or if you have “the right background”? Not sure what an evaluator actually does on a daily basis?
This seminar aims to give attendees an insight to what life is like as an evaluator working in different professional spheres: an academic institution, as an independent consultant and within a medical college. The panel members span those early in their evaluation journey to those with many years of experience.
This interactive panel discussion will cover:
- The different pathways to become an evaluator
- Daily activities, challenges and benefits of different types of evaluation roles
- Areas of specialisation and methods that are commonly used
- The skillsets evaluators need in different types of roles
- Career highlights and aspirations
- Opportunities and challenges in the field of evaluation
Audience members will be provided with ample opportunity to ask questions to the panel.
John Owen is interested in providing useful evaluation based knowledge to policy and program decision makers. A feature of his recent activity has been to work with organizational leadership and management to use evaluation findings to improve the delivery of innovative programs, using the principle of strategic interactivity. This principle assumes that ongoing cooperation between evaluator and management increases the use of findings in decision-making. He is a regular contributor to journals and at international evaluation conferences in Australia and overseas. His book: Program Evaluation: Forms and Approaches provides an integrated framework to evaluation theory and practice that has had favourable reviews worldwide.
Jessica Kenway is a monitoring and evaluation specialist with over sixteen years’ experience in development programs in the Pacific, South-East Asia, South Asia, Africa and Australia. Jessica is the Director of Bluebird Consultants, which was selected for DFAT’s Aid Advisory Services Panel for the provision of design, evaluation and research services from 2013 to 2018. Jessica has served as a judge on the Australasian Evaluation Society's Award for Excellence Committee from 2012 onwards. Sectors of work have included women's leadership and economic empowerment, economic development and trade, community development, education, health, governance, democratic governance, rural development, natural resource management, law and justice reform, and humanitarian assistance.
For the past two years, Talya Mathews has worked at the RACGP, where she began as the RACGP in-house evaluation coordinator and is now the Education Department’s Research, Evaluation and Analysis Manager. Prior to this, she worked at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute for five years, initially as a researcher and then as an evaluator. In her previous career, she worked as an English language teacher in Japan for seven years. Talya has specialty interests in cross-cultural communication, languages and linguistics, international development, policy, education and psychology. She has degrees in Arts (politics and languages) and psychology.