This information answers some common questions about the Awards.
For confidential advice regarding most suitable category and relevant criteria, contact the Awards Committee chair email
- 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.
- have your practice reviewed and recognised by peers
- increase the reach or profile of your work.
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.
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.
Work-in-progress is ineligible for AES Awards.
- 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 four 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.
- Ethical conduct
- Excellence of the evaluation work
- Award specific sub-criteria.
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 and award specific sub-criteria are mainly concerned with evaluation practice, theory and products. Excellence is assessed on a scale against the attributes relevant to the category of Award. Award specific sub-criteria apply to the Indigenous Evaluation Award and the Evaluation Journal of Australasia Publications Award. See here for details.