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Date and time: Wednesday 12th June 2019, 9am to 5pm (registration from 8.30am)
Title: Evaluation and Value for Money: An approach using rubrics and mixed methods 
Location: Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University, Casuarina campus, Ellengowan Drive, Casuarina NT 0810
Facilitators: Julian King & Kate McKegg – Kinnect group, NZ
Register online by: 4 June 2019
Fees (GST inclusive): Members $440, Non-members $605, Student member $220, Student non-member $302.50

Menzies CMYK

 

An AES and Menzies School of Health Research partnership event

 

Date and time: Thursday 4th April 2019. 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Topic: What role do personal and organisational values play in how not for profit organisations use research and other kinds of knowledge? An exploration of phronesis in the context of two UK mental health charities.
Presenter: Rebecca Hardwick, Realist Research Evaluation and Learning Initiative, Charles Darwin University
Venue: The Fred Hollows Foundation, Level 2, The Met Building, 13 Scaturchio St, Cascom Centre, Casuarina
Register online by: 1 April 2019

Date and time: Thursday 24th January 2019. 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Topic: An evaluative approach to assessing value for money 
Presenter: Nea Harrison, Pandanus Evaluation
Venue: The Fred Hollows Foundation, Level 2, The Met Building, 13 Scaturchio St, Cascom Centre, Casuarina
Register online by: 21 January 2019

This is a free seminar organised by the NT Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in Norther Territory 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.

Date and time: Thursday 15th November 2018. 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Topic: Evaluating the cost of dialysis services
Presenter: Gillian Gorham, Menzies School of Health Research
Venue: Darwin Sailing Club, Atkins Drive, Fannie Bay NT 0820 https://dwnsail.com.au/
Register online by: 13 November 2018

This event will be delivered in collaboration with the Australian Health Promotion Association.

This is a free seminar organised by the NT Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in Norther Territory 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.

Date and time: Thursday 25th October 2018. 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Topic: Reflections on the 2018 conference & planning for 2019
Presenter: Alison Rogers, AES Northern Territory Regional Network Co-convenor
Venue: Darwin Ski Club - - https://www.darwinskiclub.com.au/ Look for the AES logo on our table!
Register online by: Wednesday 24 October

This is a free seminar organised by the NT Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in Norther Territory 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.

Join us to discuss the highlights from the aes18 International Evaluation Conference 'Transformations' recently held in Launceston, Tasmania. This will be a great opportunity to network and keep up with the latest news. We'll also discuss our grand plans for 2019. All welcome.


 

Date and time: Thursday 9th August 2018. 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Topic: Exploring the skills needed to motivate and enable others to access, understand and use evaluation information
Presenter: Alison Rogers, PhD Candidate with University of Melbourne
Venue: Darwin Sailing Club, Atkins Drive, Fannie Bay NT 0820 https://dwnsail.com.au/
Register online by: Monday 6th August

This is a free seminar organised by the NT Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in Norther Territory 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.

The motivations and abilities of individuals to gain access to, understand and use evaluative information is highly varied. Evaluation literacy can make evaluation more appropriate, understandable and accessible. This seminar will reveal and share ways that we can engage with colleagues to enhance evaluation literacy. This session is aimed at internal evaluators in organisations, employees who practise and promote evaluation, and external evaluators working with organisations. There will be an opportunity to share experiences and learn from others. The session will examine a key issue: how do individuals promote evaluation among their colleagues?

Alison Rogers is a PhD Candidate with the Centre for Program Evaluation at the University of Melbourne. She also works with The Fred Hollows Foundation's Indigenous Australia Program.


 

Date and time: Monday 26th March 2018, 9am to 5pm (registration from 8.30am)
Location: Building Red 9, Room 1.45, Charles Darwin University. Menzies School of Health Research, Casuarina campus, Ellengowan Drive, Casuarina NT 0810
Presenter: Deborah Rhodes
Register online by: 16 March 2018
Fees (GST inclusive): Members $440, Non-members $605, Student member $220, Student non-member $302.50

Menzies CMYK

 

An AES and Menzies School of Health Research partnership event

 

About the workshop

The context for this workshop is the idea that different cultural values have an influence on the notion and practice of evaluation in diverse contexts.  In practice, the workshop aims to support evaluators who undertake evaluations in multi-cultural settings or in cultural contexts other than their own.  It provides a framework for understanding cultural value differences and an opportunity for discussion about the implications of this framework for evaluation practice.  The workshop proposes a set of approaches, skills and tools that may be useful. 

Date and time: Monday 26th March 2018. 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Topic: Cross Cultural Evaluation
Presenter: Deborah Rhodes, Independent Consultant
Venue: Darwin Ski Club, 20 Conacher St, Fannie Bay NT 0820
Register online by: Thursday 22 March

This is a free seminar organised by the NT Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in Norther Territory 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.

Everyone is welcome to join us for a sunset seminar as we discuss the idea that different cultural values have an influence on the notion and practice of evaluation in diverse contexts.


 

Date and time: Wednesday 1st November 2017. 5.30pm - 7.00pm
Topic: End of Year Get-Together
Presenter: NT AES Regional Committee
Venue: Darwin Trailer Boat Club, 8 Atkins Drive, Fannie Bay: http://dtbc.com.au 
Register online by: Friday 27th October 2017

Date and time: Wednesday 1st of November 2017, 9am to 5pm (registration from 8.30am)
Location: Jim Jim Room at Oaks Elan Darwin, 31 Woods St, Darwin NT 0800
Presenter: Dr. Samantha Abbato, Visual Insights
Register online by: Tuesday 24th October 2017
Fees (GST inclusive): Members $440, Non-members $605, Student member $220, Student non-member $302.50
Level: All levels

About the workshop

This workshop is designed for professionals who commission, write or use evaluation reports. It is for evaluators and other professionals who would like to:

  • Learn how to communicate evaluation findings effectively to a range stakeholders;
  • Ensure the report communicates the key components of the evaluation;
  • Produce a report that is “sticky” and memorable
  • Get their report noticed using design principles
  • Learn how evaluation reports can be best utilised as an effective catalyst for positive organisational change;

The workshop will be interactive, involve the sharing of experiences as well as hands-on activities. The workshop will be based on principles, theories and practice of: communication, behavioural and organisational psychology, utilisation-focused evaluation and graphic design. Case studies from the experience of the presenter in the areas of health, communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse settings will be discussed. Participants will be provided opportunities to apply new skills to their own work. Participants are invited to bring examples of completed or in-progress evaluation reports to discuss.

Date and time: Tuesday 25 of July 2017, 9am to 5pm (registration from 8.30am)
Location: Darwin CBD
Presenter: Dr. Samantha Abbato
Register online by: Tuesday 18th July 2017
Fees (GST inclusive): Members $440, Non-members $605, Student member $220, Student non-member $302.50
Level: All levels

About the workshop

This workshop is designed for professionals who commission, craft or use evaluation reports. It is for evaluators and commissioners of evaluation who want to ensure that the report effectively communicates to stakeholders. It is for evaluators who aim for effective use of their findings, and for organisation representatives who want to see evaluation reports as an effective catalyst for positive organisational change. It is for people who want more, beyond written reports, for exceptional results.

The workshop will be interactive, involve the sharing of experiences as well as hands-on exercises. The training will be based on current principles, theories and practice of: communication, behavioural and organisational psychology. Substantial case studies from the experience of the presenter in the areas of health, communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse communities will be discussed throughout. In addition, participants will be provided opportunities to apply the learned skills to their own work. Participants are invited to bring examples of completed or in-progress evaluation reports to discuss.

Date and time: Wednesday 28th June 2017. 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Topic: STrengthening Evaluation Practices and Strategies in Indigenous settings in Australia and New Zealand (STEPS)
Presenter: Associate Professor Margaret Cargo, University of Canberra
Venue: Fred Hollows Foundation, 13 Scaturchio St, Casuarina
Register online by: Monday 26th June 2017

This is a free seminar organised by the NT branch of the AES. Our seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with other AES members in Northern Territory, to share and learn from the experiences of other evaluators.

The STrengthening Evaluation Practices and Strategies in Indigenous settings in Australia and New Zealand (STEPS) project aims to strengthen the cultural safety of evaluations carried out in Indigenous settings in Australia and New Zealand. The first step of the project identified strategies and practices to strengthen the cultural safety of evaluation. The second step aims to organise and prioritise these strategies and practices to provide organisations such as the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) and Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) with a road map for action. This is where we need your help. We are particularly keen to have Indigenous evaluation input into this project.

This research project is led by Associate Professor Margaret Cargo and Dr Amohia Boulton and is a collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous evaluators associated with the Whakauae Research for Māori Health and Development (New Zealand), James Cook University & the University of South Australia (Australia). The project is supported by an advisory committee with representation from: the Australasian Evaluation Society, Australian Health Promotion Association, Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA), Mā te Rae (the Māori Evaluation Association of New Zealand), Kinnect Group, Oxfam Australia, and The Fred Hollows Foundation.

The session will include group analysis of strategies and practices relevant to Indigenous evaluation for use in the STEPS research project. Participants will be part of an informed consent process before participation in the activities. Later on in the year we will feed back the results of the project back to AHPA and the AES.

We encourage you to forward this on to colleagues, particularly those who identify as Indigenous, who are involved in Indigenous evaluation in the NT.


 

An AES and Menzies School of Health Research partnership event

Rescheduled date - please re-register.

Menzies CMYK

Our regular seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with other AES members in Darwin and further afield, to share and learn from the experiences of other evaluators.

Date and time: Friday 2nd June 2017, from 12:30 to 1:30pm
Topic: Social media for evaluation: lessons from public health
Presenter: Marita Hefler, Menzies School of Health Research
Venue: Charles Darwin University Casuarina campus, Building Red 9, Room 1.48, Ellengowan Drive, Casuarina NT 0810 http://www.cdu.edu.au/sites/default/files/CASmap12.pdf
Register online by: 31 May 2017

Social media presents enormous opportunities for engaging and collaborating with key stakeholders in evaluation projects. It has the potential to be a tool for data collection, a forum for communities of practice, and a means of communication for commissioning organisations, evaluation practitioners and beneficiaries. Drawing on early lessons from a research project about how social media can be used for health promotion, this presentation will explore issues to be considered for practitioners wishing to use social media in evaluation.

Marita Hefler is a Research Fellow in the Wellbeing & Preventable Chronic Disease Division at Menzies School of Health Research. She is a qualitative researcher with a particular interest in social inequality in public health, and has led several evaluations of public health projects in both Australia and overseas. Currently she leads a National Health & Medical Research-funded project to investigate how social media can be used effectively for Indigenous tobacco control.


 

Date and time: Tuesday 29 November 2016; 5:30 pm to 6.30 pm
Presenter: Convenors of the NT AES Regional Committee
Venue: Darwin Trailer Boat Club, 8 Atkins Drive, Fannie Bay: http://dtbc.com.au 
Register online by: Monday 28 November 2016

This is a free event.

Outline:
Everyone is welcome to attend the NT branch of the AES Christmas celebrations. Come along to hear about the conference highlights, celebrate our achievements in 2016 and plan for an exciting 2017.

Date and time: Wednesday 6 July 2016; 5:30 pm to 6.30 pm
Presenter: John Owen, Centre for Program Evaluation, The University of Melbourne
Venue: Board Room, Darwin Trailer Boat Club, Atkins Drive, Fannie Bay: http://dtbc.com.au 
Register online by: Tuesday 5 July 2016

This is a free event.

Outline:
Innovation is currently a buzzword among commentators and politicians engaged in debates about the economic future of the country. Yet there has been little discussion in the media about what is meant by innovation or what is meant by innovation success. In contrast there is a huge evidence base about the adoption and use of social and

educational innovations. In simple terms an innovation can be defined as something that is perceived as new from the point of view of the potential users.
Wherever possible the relevant evidence base should be used when specific innovations are planned. If this is not the case a less than satisfactory roll-out of the innovatory program may follow. However, suitably experienced evaluators can assist in keeping an innovation on track.

In late 2012 a three-year educational program was initiated designed to encourage students to take up further education in STEM courses upon graduating from secondary school (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). UB involved the use of new pedagogy and its design had implications for organisational change in schools and thus could be classified as an innovation.
An evaluation of the program was initiated in late 2014. While the study had a strong formative aspect, there was also a need to review what had been achieved at a given point in time, towards the end of 2015, when key decisions regarding future directions and funding support needed to be made.

This seminar describes ways in which evaluators worked closely with the UB Project Team to improve implementation and outcomes from the program.

An AES and Menzies School of Health Research partnership event

Date and time: Wednesday 6 July 2016, 9.00am to 5:00pmMenzies CMYK
Presenter:
John Owen, Centre for Program Evaluation, The University of Melbourne
Venue: Charles Darwin University Casuarina campus, Menzies Building Red 9, Room 1.45, Ellengowan Drive, Casuarina NT 0810 http://www.cdu.edu.au/sites/default/files/CASmap12.pdf 
RSVP online by: Wednesday 29 June 2016
Fees: Members $440, Non-members $605

Outline
Evaluation has a critical role in serving evidence-based social interventions. The purpose of this workshop is to allow participants who undertake or sponsor evaluation work to decide whether Real-Time approaches can serve this role in their own settings.

The workshop addresses knowledge and skills such as
• notions of feedback in social systems;
• the importance of pragmatism in designing evaluations;
• the ability to work in uncertain, ambiguous and complex situations;
• the use of high level negotiation skills, flexibility to respond quickly to requests; and
• use of innovative communication and listening skills.

Participation in the workshop will enable participants to:
• understand principles underlying Real-Time evaluation
• practise the application of Real-Time approaches in simulated situations
• consider ways in which they could transfer acquired understandings to their own practice.

In addition to learning about the model, workshop participants will be given chances to explore where Real-Time ‘fits’ within the range of current evaluation practice. Specifically, to compare and contrast the underlying principles of Real-Time with other cognate models, such as Participatory and Developmental approaches.

Teaching Methods
The workshop is based on adult learning principles. Participants will work through two case studies that relate to the topic. In addition to information acquired during the workshop, participants will receive take-away workshop notes and readings.

Target Group.
It is expected that participants will come to the workshop with some knowledge about evaluation, or at least have some background in social research.

About the PresenterOwen J
Dr John M Owen is interested in providing useful evaluation based knowledge to policy and program decision makers. He has led more than 40 evaluative projects over the past two decades, initially as Director of the Centre for Program Evaluation at Melbourne University, and more recently as Director of Program Review Consultants. He has worked in conjunction with a range of clients such as the Asia Education Foundation, and Emergency Management Australia as well as with all levels of government.

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.

Date and time: Wednesday 6 April 2016, 5:30pm to 7:30 pm
Facilitator: Eizabeth Creed, Co-convenor, AES NT committee
Venue: Darwin Trailer Boat Club, 8 Atkins Drive Fannie Bay NT http://dtbc.com.au 
Cost: Free of charge
Register online by: Tuesday 5 April 2016

The first Sunset Journal Club for 2016 is scheduled for Wednesday 6 April at the Trailer Boat Club, Fannie Bay, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm for discussion, then continuing for networking and dinner (at your own cost).

Discussion will focus on the Evaluation Journal of Australasia 16(1). This journal is published quarterly and AES members should have access to their copy via the AES website.

Members attending the Sunset Journal Club are asked to nominate an article on which they would like to lead the discussion.  To nominate an article please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

An AES and Menzies School of Health Research partnership event
Date and time:
Wednesday 30 March 2016, 12:30pm to 1:30 pmMenzies CMYK
Presenter: Samantha Togni, S2 Consulting
Venue: Charles Darwin University Casuarina campus, Menzies Building Red 9, Room 1.48
Venue address: Ellengowan Drive, Casuarina NT 0810 http://www.cdu.edu.au/sites/default/files/CASmap12.pdf 
Register online by: Monday 28 March 2016

About the seminar
Description: Developmental evaluation is seen as part of the next generation of evaluation, responding to a need to evaluate complex social change and innovation. Developmental evaluation’s niche is to support innovation development within complex, dynamic and turbulent contexts and it positions the evaluator within the innovation team.

Developmental evaluation’s use in Australia is recent and given this evaluation approach’s relative youth, the approach itself is emerging and evolving as we learn from its application in a range of contexts. Drawing on our case study, included in a recent publication of developmental evaluation exemplars from across the globe, this seminar will explore aspects of our learnings through the use of developmental evaluation over three years to support innovation within an urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care setting. The presentation will explore how we have applied key principles of developmental evaluation in practice to develop a model of care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with complex chronic disease. How developmental evaluation has contributed to the development of the model of care, the development of the team as well as developed the personal and professional capacity of the people involved will be discussed.
We have found that utilising developmental evaluation in complex primary health care settings can support effective development and adaptation of innovations, generating knowledge important for innovations to be scaled. However, this requires dedicated time and resources, genuine collaboration, trusting relationships, valuing respective expertise and an organisational culture that is open to learning and inquiry.

About the presenter:
Samantha Togni is an evaluator and social researcher based in Alice Springs. Over the last 20 years’ Samantha has worked in Indigenous health and wellbeing research and evaluation, working with remote, rural and urban Aboriginal organisations in northern and central Australia. Her current work includes developmental evaluations with the NPY Women’s Council and two Indigenous health services, and she is also engaged by Menzies School of Health Research to undertake the qualitative components of the Dialysis Models of Care Research Project. Samantha has recently commenced a PhD on developmental evaluation with the Centre for Applied Social Research at RMIT University in Melbourne.

Notes: • NT AES Regional Event in collaboration with the Menzies School of Health Research - Lunchtime Seminar. • Please bring your own lunch. • Video-conference available for Katherine & Alice Springs. Tele-conference & presentation available for other remote participants. Contact organiser for more information.

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Date and time: Wednesday 9 December 2015, 5:30pm to 7:30 pm
Topic: Sunset Jounal Club and Christmas Celebrations
Facilitator: Associate Professor James Smith, Australia Health Promotion Association
Venue: Darwin Sailing Club, Atkins Drive Fannie Bay NT http://www.dwnsail.com.au/ 
Register online by Monday 7 December 2015

'Ethics in Health Promotion' will be the topic for this sunset journal club. "Ethics and health promotion within policy and practice contexts in a small jurisdiction: perspectives from the Northern Territory" was recently published in the Health Promotion Journal of Australia. The authors will be attending the event and will be facilitating a lively discussion about ethics and health promotion.

As evaluators in the Northern Territory can relate to these issues, this event provides a great opportunity to hear more about local experiences. We'll also be reflecting on another great year for the AES in the NT and brainstorming ideas for 2016.

Notes: The NT AHPA Branch will hold a short general business meeting before the commencement of this discussion. Please register to receive more information about the journal or to receive notes from the discussion. A Christmas theme will also be part of the night, come along wearing something Christmassy earrings, T-shirt or a hat.

 

Date and time: Friday 20 November, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Topic: Empowering Organisations – Building evaluation capacity in a cross-cultural context
Presenter: Madeleine Bower and Alison Rogers, The Fred Hollows Foundation
Venue: Charles Darwin University Casuarina campus, Building Red 9, Room 1.48, Ellengowan Drive, Casuarina NT 0810 http://www.cdu.edu.au/sites/default/files/CASmap12.pdf
Register online by Wednesday 18 November 2015

Menzies CMYKDeveloping the evaluation capacity of organisations is possibly one of the evaluator's greatest challenges, particularly in cross-cultural settings. In this seminar, Maddy and Alison will detail how The Fred Hollows Foundation's Indigenous Australia Program used a formal Evaluation Capacity Building (ECB) approach to strengthen evaluation practice and develop an innovative cross-cultural evaluation protocol.

In a cross-cultural setting, any evaluation activity must not only involve team members who understand the context but be approved, guided, directed and implemented by the program team to ensure culturally appropriate, meaningful and useful findings. A key output of the ECB process was the development of a cross-cultural protocol to ensure all evaluative activities are appropriate. This tool and the way it was developed is useful for organisations who source external evaluators, internal evaluators engaging with external expertise or external evaluators linking with organisations in any cross-cultural setting.

About the Presenters:
Madeleine Bower is a graduate of Bachelor of Applied Science (Indigenous Community Management and Development) 2014 – Curtin University of Technology, Perth. Maddy's view of the world comes from her upbringing, her work stance and learning from her mistakes and experiences. Working within the health sector for Government and now as a Senior Program Officer in The Fred Hollows Foundation. Maddy's driving force is to find strategies to fight against the injustices to Aboriginal people and advocate for Human Rights. Maddy's work has taught her to learn, grow and share her knowledge. Her role within The Fred Hollows Foundation has contributed to creating positive pathways for herself and others.

Alison Rogers is the Development Effectiveness Coordinator with The Fred Hollows Foundation's Indigenous Australia Program. The role supports embedding evaluative thinking within the program. Alison has a background in nutrition and dietetics and community development, with Masters degrees in Public Health and Evaluation. Her special interest area is evaluation capacity building and she has recently commenced a PhD with the Centre for Program Evaluation at the University of Melbourne.

Notes: • This seminar was presented at the AES 2015 International Conference in Melbourne. • NT AES Regional Event in collaboration with the Menzies School of Health Research - Lunchtime Seminar. • Please bring your own lunch. • Video-conference available for Katherine & Alice Springs. Tele-conference & presentation available for other remote participants. Contact organiser for more information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Date and time: Sunday 13 September, from 5pm to 7pm
Topic: Social Networking & reflection on the conference
Presenter: Benoit Gauthier, President of the Canadian Evaluation Society
Venue: Mindil Beach Markets http://www.mindil.com.au/ 
Register online by Thursday 10 September 2015

The theme of 2015's AES Conference, held in Melbourne from 7 to 9 September, is Reaching Across Boundaries. Benoît Gauthier is a CES Credentialed Evaluator and the President of the Canadian Evaluation Society and has been invited to speaker at the conference. This social networking event will provide an opportunity for NT AES members and non-members to hear about the key topics shared at the conference with recently returned attendees.

Benoît has been a Government of Canada internal evaluator and a private consultant. Schooled in political science and public administration, he specializes in program evaluation, in strategic and organizational research and intervention, in market research, in applied social research and in policy analysis. Over the past 30 years, Benoît was involved in more than 500 research and intervention assignments and 100 evaluation projects, with emphasis on health research, copyright, arts and culture, technology, client satisfaction, and management information systems Benoît is known for bridging measurement concerns and management concerns.

Notes: Look for the AES reserved table in the roped off area parallel with the beach. Dinner available for purchase from the markets. BYO – Eski & ice provided.

An AES and Menzies School of Health Research partnership event

Topic: Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks
Presenter: Dr Ian Patrick, Ian Patrick and Associates
Menzies CMYKDate and time: Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 July 2015, 9am to 5pm (registration from 8.30am)
Location: Menzies School of Health Research, CDU campus, Building Red 9, Room 1.45
Register online by: 27 July 2015
Cost: Members $770, Non-members $935, Student member $385, Student non-member $550 (GST inclusive)

About the workshop
Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Frameworks are becoming increasingly important for developing an agreed approach to the assessment of results achieved and to aid organisational learning. The M&E Framework identifies expected results, key evaluation questions and the means to answer these questions through routine monitoring and periodic evaluation. It also provides a guide to the implementation of M&E processes over the life of a program or other initiative. Monitoring and evaluation functions are essential to the effective operation of programs and will contribute to the overall value derived from them. M&E Frameworks should support decision-making, allocation of resources and program refinement based on lessons learned.

This workshop will present a clear and staged conceptual model for the systematic development of an M&E Framework. It will examine a range of steps and techniques involved in the design and implementation of the framework; explore potential design issues and implementation barriers; cover the development of Program Theory and Program Logic; the identification of key evaluation questions; the development of performance indicators; and identification of processes for data collection, on-going analysis and reflection based on data generated.

The facilitator will encourage interactive peer to peer dialogue to share experiences and learning, and also draw on case studies to encourage application of knowledge and skills to evaluation contexts.

Content
• The importance and function of monitoring and evaluation processes
• 'Table of Contents' for the development of an M&E Framework – what to do and in what order
• Design of a viable M&E Framework
• Application of M&E Frameworks to programs
• Key challenges and barriers, and how to address them

Outcomes and Benefits
• Understanding of an overall structure for the development of a M&E Framework
• Identification of clear steps and stages involved in the process of development of an M&E Framework, and building knowledge and skills in their implementation
• Use of case studies to develop key components of an M&E Framework for an initiative
• Understanding of how to best support participatory processes in design and implementation of an M&E Framework

Who should attend?
This workshop offers professionals from across government, universities and not for profit and consulting organisations foundation skills in planning for monitoring and evaluation of a program. You will benefit most from the workshop if you have some prior knowledge of evaluation, particularly program theory and program logic and some practical experience with evaluation activities.

About the facilitator: Ian Patrick
Dr. Ian Patrick is Director of Ian Patrick and Associates, a consultancy which operates in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Ian focuses on design of M&E Frameworks, program evaluation, and training and mentoring in evaluation. He has extensive experience in development and implementation of M&E Frameworks for a range of organisations in the government, non-government and university sectors. His work has been recognised by the Australasian Evaluation Society with an Award for an M&E Framework developed for an international education program. Ian has worked as an evaluator for around 20 years and his sectoral experience crosses many areas such as governance, education, health, law and justice, environment, arts, and migration and Indigenous issues. Ian is an Honorary Senior Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne. Previously he worked at the International NGO Training Research Centre in the UK leading the evaluation practice area.

Ian has previously delivered training programs on Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks in Australia and New Zealand, USA, Europe and in Asia-Pacific countries. The workshop contents draw on the forthcoming SAGE text, Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks (July 2015) of which Ian Patrick is joint author.

Date and time: 29 May, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Topic: Using Social Network Analysis in Evaluating Community-Based Programs: Some Experiences and Thoughts.
Presenter: Dr Gretchen Ennis
Venue: Charles Darwin University Casuarina campus, Building Red 9, Room 1.45, Ellengowan Drive, Casuarina NT 0810 http://www.cdu.edu.au/sites/default/files/CASmap12.pdf
Register online by 26 May 2015

In this seminar Gretchen will provide a brief overview of social network analysis and explain how she has used it in two recent evaluation projects. She will highlight some of the strengths and weaknesses of using social network analysis methods in community-based project evaluation.

Gretchen is a lecturer in Social Work & Community Studies in the School of Health at Charles Darwin University (CDU). Her PhD (completed in 2012 ) explored the use of social network analysis and 'network thinking' in a community development project. After graduation Gretchen undertook a two year Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Research Centre for Health & Wellbeing at CDU where she further explored the use of social network analysis, combined with qualitative methods, in a range of evaluation projects.

Notes: NT AES Regional Event in collaboration with the Menzies School of Health Research - Lunchtime Seminar. Please bring your own lunch. Video-conference available for Katherine & Alice Springs. Tele-conference & presentation available for other remote participants. Contact organiser for more information.  Alison Rogers This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Date and time: 20 February, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Topic: How can academia contribute to participatory methodologies for community engagement in the diverse cultural contexts of remote Australia?
Presenter: John Guenther, Flinders University of South Australia
Venue: Charles Darwin University Casuarina campus, Building Red 9, Room 1.45, Ellengowan Drive, Casuarina NT 0810 http://www.cdu.edu.au/sites/default/files/CASmap12.pdf
Register online by 18 February 2015

NT AES Regional Event in collaboration with the Menzies School of Health Research - Lunchtime Seminar

Notes: Please bring your own lunch. Tele-conference + power point presentation available for remote participants. Contact organiser for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Date and time: 12 June 2014, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Topic: Collective impact what is it and how can we evaluate it?
Presenter: Margaret Macdonald, Consultant
Venue: The Fred Hollow Foundation Boardroom,Level 2 – The Met Building - 13 Scaturchio St - Casuarina
Register online by: 9 June 2014
There is no charge, lunch will be provided.

Description: NT AES Regional Event - Lunchtime Seminar

Margaret MacDonald is an independent policy and evaluation consultant with over 20 years evaluation experience, for a wide mix of government and non-government sector clients. She has depth of experience in the health and community services sectors, and in programs for Indigenous people. She has a deep understanding of the role evaluation plays in policy, strategy and program design and management across governments and sectors informed by her senior management roles in the Australian Public Service and advocacy organisations; including through roles in the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (e.g. five years as the Director of Alcohol and Illicit Drug Policy), and at the Australian Medical Association. She sits on the AES Professional Learning Committee and was instrumental in developing the Society's Evaluation Competency Framework, launched in 2013. Her academic background is in geography, education, public health, primary care and evaluation.

Note: Skype + Tele-conference + power point presentation available for remote participants. Contact organiser for more information.

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