Date and Time: Wednesday, 17 August 2016, 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Venue: VicHealth Seminar Room, Ground Floor, 15‐31 Pelham Street, Carlton South
Presenter: Dr Stefan Kaufman, EPA Victoria
Register by: Monday, 15 August 2016

This is a free event

This seminar presents an appreciative inquiry project that asked “When and why is science influential, credible and valued in environmental regulatory decision making?” In the process of providing an overview of the project and findings, seminar participants will be invited to reflect on and discuss the suitability of the methodology for the research questions and context, and the implications of the findings for the practice of evaluators and other researchers.

A seminal and enduring theme in research utilization literature has been the challenges and barriers that exist for getting insights FROM research IN to government decision making. But what is happening within the walls of agencies themselves? This project examined ‘what works’ for (dominantly) government staff using science in largely administrative environmental regulatory decision making, in order to learn how to encourage more of it . Forty two cases, in Victoria, Australia, and Florida, USA, were identified using an appreciative inquiry methodology. Participants identified exemplary cases and associated enablers. Cases included environmental problem solving, regulatory approvals, administrative appeals, and standard setting.

Stefan has been leading the social science function at EPA Victoria for over 9 years. He shares experience of working within a knowledge brokering model that aims to identify and flexibly meet organisational evidence needs, and which builds the associated internal capability, and external networks, partnerships and other arrangements required to make that work. He spends a lot of time trying to talk people out of doing online surveys, and enjoys working with colleagues to design, commission and/or deliver, and particularly utilize, diverse research projects for monitoring and evaluation, behaviour change and organisational performance measurement.

AES Evaluator’s Professional Domain of Competence: This session addresses competency 1: evaluative attitude and professional conduct.

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