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.



Explore the extensive draft conference program of keynotes, short and long papers, panel discussions, skill building sessions, and consultation and collaboration sessions.


Sunday 3 & Thursday 7 September: Topical and innovative workshops on the latest in evaluation theories and methods, practices and tools

Richard Weston
Chief Executive Officer, Healing Foundation
Dugan Fraser
Program Director, RAITH Foundation
Sandra Mathison
Professor of Education, University of British Columbia
Andy Rowe
Evaluation and economics consultant
Gill Westhorp
Professorial Research Fellow, Charles Darwin University


See you in Canberra
Canberra, situated inland from Australia's southeast coast, is surrounded by forest, farmland and nature reserves – thus its nickname, the "Bush Capital”. The city's focal point is Lake Burley Griffin, filled with sailboats and kayaks. On the lakeshore is the strikingly modern Parliament House, as well as a vast collection of museums, including the National Gallery, known for its indigenous art collections.
Conference support for emerging Indigenous evaluators
Upon registration, each delegate will have the opportunity to choose a ticket extra as a donation to support the participation of Emerging Indigenous Evaluators in the conference. There are additional ways you can support the program.