About the
Australian Evaluation Society

The Australian Evaluation Society (AES) is a member based organisation which exists to improve the theory, practice and use of evaluation for people involved in evaluation including evaluation practitioners, managers, teachers and students of evaluation, and other interested individuals. We have more than 1,000 members involved in all aspects of evaluation and performance measurement. The AES is governed by a Board of directors and managed by a CEO and staff.

Members represent diverse areas of evaluation practice and sectors and meet regularly through Regional Networks and Special Interest Groups. The AES Blog provides a virtual meeting space for evaluators – both new and experienced – to share their perspectives and reflect on theory. The AES offers professional development through an annual international conference and regular online and face-to-face workshops and seminars. We encourage and recognise outstanding contributions to the theory, practice and use of evaluation through the annual Awards for Excellence in Evaluation. AES members have access to a range of resources, including the Evaluation Journal of Australasia.

The AES is committed to strengthening and building First Nation peoples’ evaluation capacity in culturally safe evaluation theory, practice and use.

Our vision

Quality evaluation that makes a difference

Our mission

To strengthen and promote evaluation practice, theory and use

Our values


We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sovereignty and all First Nations’ cultures as an integral part of our organisation.


We are welcoming, respect different ways of knowing, embrace diversity, and the principles of justice, equity and fairness.


We are caring, compassionate and act with humility. We value collaboration and connection, and are a member-centred organisation.


We are stewards of our profession and respect our past, know our story and nurture a sustainable future through learning, being courageous and enabling growth.

Our aims

  • Establish and promote ethics and standards in evaluation practice
  • Encourage advances in the theory and practice of evaluation
  • Provide education and training related to evaluation
  • Provide forums for networking, professional development and the discussion of ideas
  • Increase understanding of evaluation and advocate for quality evaluation
  • Be inclusive of Indigenous and all other cultural perspectives
  • Have governance systems that reflect and incorporate best practice
  • Provide a forum that allows the diverse voices of the community to be heard, including those who commission the evaluations, those who carry them out and the evaluands
  • Other activities consistent with the these aims

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We acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands in which we conduct our business. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past and present. We are committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society.