Date: Thursday 10 November 2016, 9:00am to 5:00pm (registration at 8:30am)
Venue: Saxons Training Facilities, Level 6, 500 Collins Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Presenters: Vanessa Hood and Natalie Moxham
Register by: Thursday 3 November 2016
Cost: Members $440, Non-members $605, Student member $220, Student non-member $302.50

About the workshop - Overview
Stakeholders are more likely to feel ownership of an evaluation and implement the recommendations if they participate throughout the process. Evaluators therefore need to make the most of every opportunity they have with their stakeholders to encourage participation. However, working with stakeholders is not always easy and can be one of the most challenging aspects of managing or conducting an evaluation. The solution to encouraging participation is to have strong facilitation and team building skills.

Facilitation is process focused and a collaborative way of working where the leader takes a neutral position and helps the group achieve their objective (e.g. to articulate a vision of success, make a decision or prioritise recommendations). Facilitative processes value the wisdom of the group and allow everyone to express their view. They enable people to connect with each other and to work effectively as a group. A facilitator actively listens and responds to the needs of the group. They communicate verbally and non-verbally and encourage the group to do this by using active processes. Facilitators are aware of their actions and values and understand how these influence the group. They tap into the hearts and minds of the group and help them understand underlying issues.

Participants leave with practical facilitation skills they can use immediately.

Facilitation fundamentals:

Introduction to participatory methods that require strong facilitation:

Who should attend

Internal evaluators and external consultants, program managers and policy officers who:

Vanessa and Natalie are experienced facilitators and evaluators. They have used participatory approaches in their work and have trained other people in this area.

Vanessa Hood is a skilled facilitator and evaluator with over 15 years' experience in a range of contexts, particularly around behaviour change for sustainability. She works as a facilitator and evaluator with Rooftop Social and also has many years’ experience working in government organisations. 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. Vanessa delivers training, mentors others in evaluation and regularly facilitates group workshops with a range of government and non-government clients across Australia.

Natalie is a facilitator and consultant in organisational processes, participatory program design, monitoring and evaluation. She successfully designed and delivered training in facilitation, program design, monitoring and evaluation. Natalie's participatory approach uses strength based and engagement processes that build agency and collaboration with communities, networks, organisation and programs. Natalie lives on DjaDjaWurrung Country in central Victoria and has a long-term commitment and extensive experience working with Indigenous groups as well as in the Asia-Pacific region and Australia. She holds a master in international development and works across community, NGO and Government sectors.

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