Annual conference papers

2006 AES International Conference - Darwin - Program

Conference Theme:
Evaluation in Emerging Areas

As at 12 July  



Ballroom 1

Darwin Room

Litchfield Room

Katherine Room

Ballroom 2

Territory Room


Conference opening and President’s welcome – Dr Rick Cummings


Keynote speaker: Dr Ray Rist
Response: Penny Hawkins


Afternoon refreshments: Ballroom Foyer 

Indigenous contexts

Indigenous contexts

New theoretical models and frameworks

elopment contexts

Innovative approaches to working in different contexts

Innovative approaches to working in different contexts

3.00 – 3.40

0044 Reconciling tensions between principle and practice indigenous evaluation JW Scougall

0016 Giving people a voice: Enabling disadvantaged groups to be heard through evaluation
N Harrison , Dr C Watson

0023 Decisions Affecting the Sustainability of Social Programs: How Much Are They Based On Evidence?
R Savaya, P. Spiro

0029 The joint outcome of a ‘community jury’ workshop in North Sulawesi, Indonesia

AT Straton

0072 Evaluative thinking and organizational adaptation: The New Zealand Ministry of Education’s evaluation strategy ME Weenink

0036 Effective evaluation: issues, challenges and lessons learned from Canadian practices
M Gervais

3.45 – 4.25

0091 Evaluating a ‘bold experiment’: Whole-of-government policy evaluation in indigenous affairs
J Iu, R Frampton

0013 An action learning approach to evaluating community engagement

H Shaw

0114 Managing the evaluation of multi-level multi-site programs
J Owen

0022 Contribution analysis – A new approach to evaluation in international development
F Kotvojs

0124 Taken for granted – towards a real model for evaluating discretionary grants RJ Goodbourn

0033 Linking policy analysis and program evaluation: Canberra syringe vending machine trial

D McDonald


Poster session & networking

5.30 – 7.00

Welcome reception: Holiday Inn Esplanade Darwin



Ballroom 1

Darwin Room

Litchfield Room

Katherine Room

Ballroom 2

Territory Room


Morning plenary session: Professor Masafumi Nagao
: Professor Rosalind Hurworth
Ballroom 1 & 2


Morning refreshments: Ballroom Foyer

Indigenous contexts

Indigenous contexts

New theoretical models and frameworks

International development contexts

Innovative approaches to working in different contexts

Innovative approaches to working in different contexts

10.30 – 11.10

0090 Tjitji-Tjutatjara Kunpu Kulintjaku (listening up strong for little kids) – innovative evaluation in remote Indigenous communities

C Vockins

0130 Embracing Black Complexity with White Chaos
M Wilkinson and K Evans

0099 People focused evaluation

J Dart

International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation Session

0105 Evaluation, management and governance of multi-agency initiatives

B O’Brien

0063 Adapting the ‘success case method’: Experiences in evaluating a large-scale primary education initiative

D McDonald & C Bell

11.15 – 11.55

0125 Evaluating shared responsibility agreements: Whose responsibility?
R Norris

0112 The best of both worlds: priority driven, facilitated research development in Aboriginal health
J Brands

0071 Concepts, criteria and challenges in evaluating a mix of policy instruments to achieve environmental targets

J Kenway


0028 The use of agent-based modelling in the evaluation of future scenarios for water use in the tropical savannas of the Northern Territory

A Straton

0015 When the rubber meets the road – linking research, policy and practice in youth development
J. Sykora


Lunch: Ballroom Foyer

1.00 – 1.40

0032 The false promise of participatory evaluation: experiences from the participatory evaluation of the Aboriginal land and sea management programme in the Top End
B Sithole

0128 Evaluating a community initiative with a focus on Indigenous health

J Neale, A Tavila


0046 Linking up research, policy and practice: Lessons from a collaborative crime prevention project

I Dussuyer, D Smart

0054 Changes that matter: A participatory approach to monitoring and evaluating community level changes
B Pamphilon, R. Hardy

0093 Valuing evaluation evidence in policy, program and resource allocation decision making
R Rist, R Cummings, P Hawkins and S Premakanthan

0007 Using creative non-fiction to make qualitative evaluation reports less boring

D Caulley

1.45 – 2.25

0045 Critical factors in the implementation of programs targeted to Aboriginal peoples: The Canadian experience

GM Wheeler

0005 Is there a case for evidence based policy in the Northern Territory education sector?

T Lea

0087 The perfect mix or just a mish mash? A framework for mixed method evaluation design

E Vasiliauskas

0012 Teacher ICT skills: Evaluation of the information and communication technology (ICT) knowledge and skills levels of Western Australian government school teachers
K Trimmer, J McNamara


0129 Establishing an internal government evaluation support unit
D Harris

2.30 – 3.00



0039 Evaluations of school performance: meeting the needs of various audiences

K Sewell

0009 To jump or not to jump? The art of understanding how people get involved in evaluation
G Pepin

0100 Evaluating communication and governance processes in whole-of-Government evidence-based policies
I Falk, G Guenther, T Lambert, K Johnstone

0031 Evaluating partnership programs – challenges and approaches

S Funnell

0086 Conceptualising household and neighbourhood safety from wildfire in Australia

A Rhodes, K Anthony-Harvey-Beavis, G Elsworth


Afternoon refreshments: Ballroom Foyer

3.30 – 4.15

0139 Focusing on Indigenous family business: Developing engaging evaluation methodologies with Indigenous NT families

T Dunbar & R Wallace

0067 Evaluating policy with a modified ‘policy cycle’ – the NSW health school canteen strategy

WL Hodge, G Davies

0135 Engagement as the basis for change
S. Duckworth

0059 Using secondary data for evaluation of early interventions – opportunities and challenges
IB Katz

0074 Keeping pace with changing contexts : Case study of a NZ settlement services project

RA Wallis and M Sankar

0026 Youth participation in evaluation: Young people should be seen and heard!
PK St Leger & C Bell

4.30 – 5.30

AES Annual General Meeting

6.30 –10.30

Conference Dinner & AES Award Presentations,
Cornucopia Restaurant, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

(Charter bus departs conference venue at 6.15pm)



Ballroom 1

Darwin Room

Litchfield Room

Katherine Room

Ballroom 2

Territory Room


Morning Plenary Session - Professor Konai Helu Thaman
: Nan Wehipeihana
Ballroom 1 & 2


Morning refreshments: Ballroom Foyer

Indigenous contexts

Indigenous contexts

New theoretical models and frameworks

International development contexts

Innovative approaches to working in different contexts

Innovative approaches to working in different contexts

10.30 – 11.10

0060 What is the role of the evaluator of emerging programmes?

T Young

0092 Work in progress: An ‘evaluation’ and ‘program planning and implementation’ collaboration
H Goodman, A Rhodes and J Gawen

0037 Success case method: Uses and adaptations in New Zealand housing evaluation
J Clinton, H Nunns, M Roorda

0056 Adopting a balanced scorecard for a participatory monitoring and evaluation of strategic organisation development programs in the Philippine public sector: A case study of the Philippines-Australia human resource development facility
T Demaisip

0138 The opportunities and challenges of evaluating community based health promotion projects: Lessons from the field

R Conner

0021 Challenges and issues in applying empowerment evaluation principles in practice: Case study of the evaluation of a national school breakfast program
W Miller, J Lennie

11.15 – 11.55

0073 Urban Aboriginal women and health services: Evaluating health care together
J Kelly

0123 Tapping into corporate knowledge through reflective practice
B Swanson, H Frame, D Beckingsale

0001 What if: Measuring the counterfactual
Dr R Cummings

0058 Increasing aid effectiveness through co-financing with multilateral organisations – making it work on the ground
J F Martin

0097 Market research or program evaluation: An exploration of the differences and similarities between the two
R Zappelli

0011 Maintaining independence in program evaluation – fact or fiction?

A Markiewicz


Lunch: Ballroom Foyer

1.00 – 1.40

0041Evaluation in an Indigenous context: New Zealand Maori language immersion schools
M Hollings

0103 Recruiting, retaining and developing skilled research and evaluation staff

B O’Brien

0076 Evaluating complex and complicated programs: issues approaches, implementation and implications S Funnell & P Rogers

0113 Australian Government health program evaluations: Who are the evaluators?

C Reed, D Spicer

0047 Search conferences as a tool for participatory and empowerment evaluation

R Hurworth

0053 Mixed-method approaches to the evaluation of smoking cessation programs for disadvantaged populations

K Mikhailovich

1.45 – 2.10

0002 A New Zealand framework and model to review and evaluate gambling harm legislation and regulations from a Maori perspective

L Dyall

0049 Evaluating fuzzy concepts: Untangling balls of string with concept mapping
K Nichols, D Beckingsale


0078 Developing defensible evaluation techniques in the human services sector - how the evaluation framework for monitoring suicide bereavement and postvention services was developed and implemented

P. Bycroft

0035 The role of evaluation to improve a complex network of services: Fourteen years of experience to share

M Gervais

0133 Complexity in longitudinal evaluation of integration programs: Case study of QLD resident support program
K Fisher


Afternoon refreshments: Ballroom Foyer

2.45 – 3.25

0004 Illustrating the benefits of using a mixed methods evaluation design in the context of a remote Indigenous community

E McDonald

0030 The desirability of problem based learning for Australian and international rural GP registrar trainees

G Heading

0006 ROI: Cost benefit evaluation of a management development program

F Rohs


0064 A story of influence: an integrated theory of influence for the most significant change technique

T Delaney

0014 Out of the cul de sac: Reflections on the workplace as a learning environment

M Roe-Shaw

0077 The role of evaluation in a broad service excellence framework for multi-service organisations.

M Leech

3.30 – 4.00


0080 Evaluation in defence – models, frameworks and opportunities

A. Posselt, Capt S Hooke, Cmdr L Crocker


0081 Demonstrating effectiveness in the evaluation of the crime prevention education program

B Fletcher

0094 Using performance audits as a basis for systems thinking

G Smith


0095 System logic modelling ( SLM ): The next step in program logic models

Dr P O’Neal

0027 Case study: Using a modified evaluation methodology for assessing the performance of contract service providers

G Davies


0003 Structured group discussions in evaluation methodology

A Nkwake, G Senkaba

4.00 – 5.00

Panel Session: Evaluation in Emerging Areas
Dr Rick Cummings (Chair), Bev Sithole (NT), Konai Helu Thaman (Fiji) & Professor Masafuno Nagao (Japan)
Ballroom 1 & 2
Closing Ceremony


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