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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

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.

Seminar overview

This seminar will present findings from a three-year PhD study into how and why not for profit organisations use research and other kinds of knowledge in their work. Phronesis is, according to Arisotle, “the judicious use of knowledge for the flourishing of mankind” and helps to explain why it is that staff use their personal values when working with individuals and groups; basing their use of knowledge in those contexts on ‘what works for you’, and not necessarily ‘this will work for you’.

In these days of reducing funding and a need to demonstrate impact and top performance, this seminar will be of interest to not for profit organisations interested in understanding more about how to use research and other kinds of knowledge in their work. It will explore some of the reasons and motivations for knowledge use, and how these might be fostered.

Presenters background

Rebecca Hardwick is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate working for the RREALI team at the Northern Institute. Her PhD from the University of Exeter was on how and why not-for-profit healthcare organisations use research and other kinds of knowledge. Prior to her PhD she worked in policy implementation for the UK Department of Health and for large and small UK based mental health charities. She moved to Darwin with her husband in September 2018, and has found living and working in the NT surprisingly similar to the UK because of the number of conversations that can be had about the weather.


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