Date and time: Thursday 24th January 2019 12.00 – 1.00 pm
Topic: Developing defensible criteria use in Public Sector evaluation | What do we do now? How can we make it better?
Presenters: Mathea Roorda
Venue: Education Review Office, Level 1, 101 Lambton Quay, Wellington
You are warmly invited to a joint ANZEA and AES event with Mathea Roorda. Fresh from putting the finishing touches on her PhD in evaluation in the public sector, Mathea will present on the key themes.
Come along and network with colleagues over lunch (bring your own lunch). Mathea’s presentation will start shortly after 12 noon.
Public sector evaluation serves different purposes, including that of supporting policy and program development and improvement, organisational learning and providing information for accountability requirements. The high-stake nature of many policies and programs emphasises the importance of well-reasoned evaluation that produces defensible evaluative judgments. There is widespread acceptance by scholars that to reach an evaluative judgment, one must have criteria of merit.
Criteria define value; they describe how ‘good’ or ‘bad’ is being understood in a particular context, and they establish the basis against which judgements of quality, worth or significance are made. Despite their fundamental role, little is known about how criteria are managed in evaluation practice, and there are few resources to guide practitioners.
In this seminar, Mathea will present the findings of a study that examined how criteria are managed in current New Zealand and Australian evaluation practice, along with some suggestions about how this aspect of our practice might be strengthened.
Mathea Roorda has 20 years public sector evaluation experience. She has undertaken programme and policy evaluations for a range of agencies, as a public servant and as an independent contractor.
She is currently employed at Allen and Clarke, working on a multi-year, systems-based evaluation. Professional development is a key part of her practice; for over 10 years she has met regularly with four other evaluators to reflect on evaluation theory and practice.
She is a past Board member of the AES and a current member of the AES Awards & Recognitions Working Group. She is completing a PhD in Evaluation at the University of Melbourne