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Date and time: Friday 22nd November 2019 12.00 - 1.00pm
Topic: Value for Money evaluations – Looking at the options
Facilitators: Professor David Pannell, Director of the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy UWA
Venue: State Government Offices, 140 William Street Perth 6000
Register online by: 19th November 2019

This is a free seminar organised by the WA branch of the AES. Our seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in Western Australia and to share and learn from the experiences of fellow evaluators. Members are encouraged to bring along colleagues with an interest in the topic even if they are not yet members of the AES. Please pass this onto your colleagues and networks.

Seminar overview

Increasingly, funders and Government are looking for value for money to be considered when determining whether an investment or program should be either initiated or continued. There are various techniques available for assessing value for money, differing in what they measure, how they measure it, and how they combine the information for an overall assessment. When commissioning evaluations, it is important to understand the differences between the available methods, and their strengths and weaknesses. This knowledge is also important when interpreting the results of an evaluation. This seminar will cover a range of value-for-money approaches, explaining how they work, identifying potential traps in their use, and suggesting circumstances where their use may be appropriate.

Presenters background

Professor David Pannell is Director of the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy at the University of Western Australia. He has developed a range of evaluation tools and applied them to hundreds of projects, usually working collaboratively with public bodies of various types. He has delivered dozens of training courses to hundreds of trainees on these topics. He is a Distinguished Fellow and past president of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society; Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia; and a Director of Natural Decisions Pty Ltd. David has won awards for his research in the USA, Australia, Canada and the UK.


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