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aes19 International Evaluation Conference, Sydney

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Thank you to everyone who un-boxed evaluation with us at the aes19 International Evaluation Conference.

Thank you to the almost 600 delegates who joined us for the three-day conference program and over 200 delegates who attended the conference workshops. The conference was stimulating, interactive and inclusive and the organising committee thank the delegates for travelling to Sydney and participating in the many sessions on offer.

Congratulations and thank you to the Indigenous emerging evaluators who received an aes19 Conference Support Grant.

Thanks to our keynote speakers: Tracy Westerman, David Fetterman, Gary VanLandingham and Jane Davidson. Tracy Westerman compelled us to think differently to address Indigenous suicide: by weaving personal story & passion with a strong case for change. David Fetterman picked up the thread of listening to community and recognising the expertise they bring to the table, when he spoke about empowerment evaluation. Gary VanLandingham took us beyond the box of individual program evaluations to evidence clearinghouses. Jane Davidson addressed the issues that had been bubbling since day one & un-boxed the core of our work: values. We can't be value-neutral - we should be guided by how well programs work for the people who have historically experienced the most marginalisation.

Thanks go to our beyond the box panel: Jess Dart, Kate McKegg, Jacqueline (Jax) Wechsler, Adrian Field & Jen Riley, as well as facilitator Dr. Emily Verstege, who took up Ingrid Burkett's provocations to think beyond programs to systems and thank you also to our un-conferencers and the delegates who joined our keynote speakers for the final panel session.

The aes19 photo album is available on the Australian Evaluation Society's Facebook page. Click here for link and don't forget to give us a like.

Conference presentations (pending keynote addresses) are now available and can be accessed here. For previous conference photos and papers please click here.

The AES Blog team invites you to submit your reflections on the conference: www.aes.asn.au/blog and presenters please consider submitting your paper for including in the Evaluation Journal of Australasia (EJA). For more details click here.

Previous conferences

AES 2018 International Evaluation Conference, Launceston: transformations

Presenter and chair briefing notes and other information available here  

Welcome cocktail reception, Tuesday 18 September 6:00–8:00pm, open to all delegates: Penny Royal Wine Bar and Restaurant, 1 Bridge Road, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia  (Early evening, Tuesday 18 September). Open to all delegates.

Gala Awards dinner, Wednesday 19 September, from 6:30pm: Albert Hall, 47 Tamar St, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia (evening of Wednesday 19 September). Open to all three-day conference delegates.

Join delegates for a banquet dinner as we celebrate excellence in evaluation across the AES regions.

During the dinner, we recognise leaders in evaluation with the announcement of the 2018 AES Awards for Excellence in Evaluation. The award recipients represent excellence for each Award category. We will also be inducting new Fellows, and introducing recipients of this year’s Support Grant for Emerging Indigenous Evaluators.

Venues

Conference and workshops: Hotel Grand Chancellor, 29 Cameron St, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Welcome cocktail reception, Tuesday 18 September 6:00–8:00pm, open to all delegates: Penny Royal Wine Bar and Restaurant, 1 Bridge Road, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia  (Early evening, Tuesday 18 September). Open to all delegates.
Gala Awards dinner, Wednesday 19 September: Albert Hall, 47 Tamar St, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia (evening of Wednesday 19 September). Open to all three-day conference delegates.

AES 2017 International Evaluation Conference, Canberra: Evaluation Capital

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Click here for the aes17 online conference program, or the aes17 mobile version. We invite you to create an account and profile in the online app and choose sessions you'd like to attend. Ensure that you logon on every device to view your personalised conference schedule.

"Evaluation Capital"

While hinting at the national capital location, the 2017 conference theme Evaluation Capital captures two important but often neglected ideas in evaluation.

Firstly, evaluation is a durable asset for sound governance. That is, longevity and permanence should be built into our evaluation systems because societies with more evaluation capital are better off than those with less.

The second idea concerns the inherently political nature of evaluation, and that evaluation commissioners and practitioners must be sensitive to the effect of politics when making their evaluative choices.

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AES 2016 International Evaluation Conference in Perth: Landscapes

19-21 September 2016 | Pre-conference workshops 17-18 September 2016

Presentations and photos

Evaluation report

Conference presentations are available here.
Photos are available here.

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The theme of the 2016 Australasian Evaluation Society Conference is Landscapes.

Western Australia is the largest state in Australia and the second-largest country subdivision in the world. It occupies the entire western third of Australia, from the Timor Sea in the north, through the Indian Ocean to the west, and the Southern Ocean in the south. As such, it is characterised by vast distances and incredibly diverse landscapes. However, the diversity of Western Australia is not restricted to the natural or built environment. Like most other regions; culturally, socially, organisationally, politically and economically, Western Australia is a land of multiplicity and almost constant change.

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AES 2015 International Conference in Melbourne: Reaching across boundaries

The 2015 Conference was held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne from 5 to 9 September.

Download the evaluation report

Full text papers, and presentations are available here.

AES 2014 International Conference in Darwin: Unleashing the power of evaluation

The 2014 Conference was held at Charles Darwin University, Darwin, from 8 to 12 September. Download the Evaluation report.

 

Presentations are available here.

 

AES 2013 International Conference in Brisbane: Evaluation shaping a better future: Priorities, pragmatics, promise and power

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Full text papers, and presentations are available here

AES 2012 International Conference in Adelaide: Evaluation in a changing world

The 2012 International Conference was held in Adelaide Australia from 27 to 31 August 2012.

Over 430 evaluation practitioners, commissioners and colleagues came together in Adelaide for an innovative and engaging program of keynotes, workshops, presentations, and plenaries. The conference evaluation provides insightful feedback and informative lessons for the future, view report here (pending).

All conference papers are now available.

AES 2012 Conference Evaluation Report.

The AES Awards for Excellence in Evaluation

The AES Awards for Excellence in Evaluation support the objects of the AES and contribute to the strategic directions of the AES.

The awards recognise exemplary evaluation practice, evaluation systems or evaluation capacity building in Australasia (Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Pacifica). Awarded annually, the awards provide significant peer recognition for leading evaluators, leading evaluations and evaluation best practice. The award winners represent best-in-class for each Award category.

The AES Awards for Excellence in Evaluation are announced and presented at the AES International Conference each year. All nominees for awards are invited to attend the conference or nominate someone to attend on their behalf.