This information answers some common questions about the Awards.
For confidential advice regarding most suitable category and relevant criteria, contact the Awards Committee co-chairs email ,.au
The AES set up the Awards to:
– motivate people to come into and stay in the field of evaluation
– promote the use of evaluation for positive impact and social good, for example supporting positive outcomes for Indigenous communities
– promote advances in the field of evaluation
Applying for an Award is a chance to:
– have your practice reviewed and recognised by peers
– increase the reach or profile of your work
Have a look at prior recipients of Awards.
From 2021 onwards, Award recipients will be asked to present at AES monthly seminars, write articles and feature in videos explaining critical elements of their practice.
Recipients are encouraged to share their knowledge and experience through the society forums including monthly seminars, professional development workshops, conferences, EJA, and the AES website.
You are eligible to nominate for an Award if you have been a member of the AES for at least 12 months.
Exceptions to this requirement are:
– a nominee for the Emerging New Talent Award must have been a member at the time of nomination but is exempt from the 12-month minimum membership requirement
– in the case of a group nomination, at least one nominee must meet the 12-month minimum membership requirement
– for the Evaluation Journal of Australasia Publication Award and in the case of joint authorship of the Evaluation Journal of Australasia article at least one of the authors must meet the 12-month minimum membership requirement.
The AES Awards generally recognise contemporary evaluation work. Nevertheless, some Award nominations may be dependent on the passage of time to demonstrate their overall worth. This is particularly likely for the Evaluation Systems Award and the Award for Enhancing the Social Good. There is no retrospective time limit on nominations, but the AES Awards and Recognition Working Group is particularly interested in more recent examples of best practice in evaluation and in the continuing significance of an individual’s contributions to evaluation.
Work-in-progress is ineligible for AES Awards.
You should include outputs that demonstrate the claims made in the nomination. For example; an evaluation report, literature review, findings infographic, findings presentation, or a supportive letter from the commissioner or community.
– Make sure your nomination is complete. A complete nomination must include: a completed nomination form (online), a signed authorisation form, a 7-page summary explanation addressing all three criteria and relevant excellence attributes, and links to supporting evidence.
– Make sure you respond to the criteria in the nomination.
– Make sure you include links to any supporting evidence such as evaluation reports.
– Make sure your nomination is supported by the evaluation commissioner.
Assessments are led by members of the AES Awards and Recognition Working Group (ARWG). For the Indigenous Evaluation Award, assessments are conducted by a panel of Indigenous peers. See here for details of the ARWG.
Awards are only made when nominations meet the criteria for the Award.
The Awards are assessed using three criteria:
– Ethical conduct
– Excellence of the evaluation work
The first two criteria – professionalism and ethical conduct – mainly apply to the role of the evaluator and/or the evaluation team and must be clearly demonstrated. The principle of excellence is mainly concerned with evaluation practice, theory and products. See here for details.