AES Alert: 3rd September 2020
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3 SEPTEMBER 2020
As well as sessions to keep you connected with your evaluation colleagues, during FestEval, we will be sharing some of the exciting work by our members from across the organisation focussed on delivering the AES strategy. This includes presenting the results of the recently conducted sector Vitality survey, the Pathways mentoring pilot and evaluator competencies self-assessment tool, launching the new AES website and the September EJA edition, and importantly re-launching the Brisbane conference, which will be held 27 September - 1 October 2021.
We have some amazing speakers lined up who will start the week with some short provocations. Watch this space and save the dates: 21 - 25 September! We’ll be sharing details of the all free line-up early next week.
Notice of 2020 Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting (AGM), for the year ended 30 June 2020, of the Australian Evaluation Society Limited (AES) will be held on Wednesday 23rd September 2020, commencing 4:00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time via Zoom. Current financial members are invited to attend.
EVALUATION LEARNING EVENTS
WORKSHOPS - Online Delivery
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16th September 2020
Monday 12th October AND Monday 19th October
Tuesday 20th October AND Tuesday 27th October
SEMINARS and other EVENTS
Tuesday 15th September 2020
Date and time: Tuesday 15th September 2020 4.30pm - 6.00pm ACST
This is a free seminar organised by the South Australian Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in the evaluation community and to share and learn from the experiences of fellow evaluators.
Wednesday 7th October 2020
Date and time: Wednesday 7th October 2020, 9am to 4:30pm AWST (registration from 8.30am)
This workshop is offered in partnership with Institute for Public Administration Australia WA (IPAA WA).
Many people fear evaluation because they think it’s all about being judged. But when done well evaluation provides useful feedback to aid in decision-making and improves projects, ultimately leading to positive social change. This 1 day workshop introduces participants to basic concepts related to evaluating projects and programs. The workshop is designed to de-mystify the evaluation process exploring such topics as: fit for purpose evaluation processes and approaches; interpreting data and producing findings; engaging with stakeholders; the nature and use of evaluation; ethics in evaluation; and key issues and trends in the field of evaluation. Participants will be equipped to develop the right evaluation strategy to suit an organisations program needs, within budget and to satisfy information and reporting needs.
Tuesday 3rd November 2020
Date and time: Tuesday 3rd November 2020, 9am to 4:30pm AWST (registration from 8.30am)
This workshop is offered in partnership with Institute for Public Administration Australia WA (IPAA WA).
Program logic is a simplified model of expected cause-and-effect relationships between activities, immediate changes, intermediate outcomes and final outcomes. This workshop introduces the program logic concept and lays out a step by step process for creating a logic model. The workshop concludes with an overview of how this logic model can be used for program design and to be the spine of a monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement framework.
Please check the AES online events calendar: https://www.aes.asn.au/professional-learning/calendar-of-events.html and keep an eye on your inbox for details of other upcoming events. We are currently organising more dates for workshops that are full.
Registration is Now Open for Eval20 Reimagined, 27 - 30 October
AEA has announced the dates for their virtual experience as well as the theme: How Will You Shine Your Light? This theme seeks to explore the expression of light through evaluation practice. Since the cancellation of Evaluation 2020 due to COVID-19, AEA has been working hard to create a tailored experience featuring a more intimate setting for learning with fewer sessions, the ability to connect one-on-one with peers and exhibitors, access to in-the-moment discussions during sessions, and more!
Eval20 Reimagined will feature 120 concurrent sessions available for live and on-demand viewing for up to three months, ample opportunities to connect with other attendees through one-on-one meeting and group discussions, and an interactive Connection Center where you can visit virtual booths of publishers, organizations, and more.
Registrations are now open with the early bird rate closing on 9 October. Click here for more information. Join AEA at Eval20 Reimagined: A Virtual Experience
David Fetterman's Empowerment Evaluation Webinar Workshop, 25 September
The workshop provides participants with an immersive, hands-on, real-life experience conducting an empowerment evaluation remotely. In addition to presenting an introduction to the theory, concepts, principles, and steps of the approach, Dr. Fetterman invites you to participate in the process. He will provide an overview of the approach using case examples from his work at Google, Hewlett-Packard, Stanford School of Medicine, as well as with Native American Tribes, Tobacco Prevention programs in Arkansas, and Squatter Settlement communities in South Arica. The workshop will meet on Zoom, migrate to Google Sheets, and end with a glimpse into Canva (reporting software) and VirBELA (a collaborative online avatar-based learning environment). For more information and to register: https://www.drdavidfetterman.com/product-page/empowerment-evaluation-webinar-workshop
Latest QLD Government Program Evaluation Guidelines released
These guidelines outline a broad set of wise-practice principles to assist agencies to plan, commission, manage and conduct consistent, transparent and high-quality evaluation. The guidelines are accompanied by separate information sheets that describe specific evaluation topics in more detail. Topics currently available are on program logic and evaluation frameworks. For more information go to https://www.treasury.qld.gov.au/resource/queensland-government-program-evaluation-guidelines/
IPDET Mini Series No. 3: The New Global Initiative on Evaluation, 8 September
This Mini-Series will explore the growing need and demand for strengthening monitoring and evaluation around the world, as well as the role that a global partnership for evaluation capacity development (ECD) could play in responding to this demand. The panel discussion will highlight experiences of stakeholders from around the world and emphasize the need to leverage synergies within the monitoring and evaluation community to support countries and institutions in their shift towards evidence-informed decision making. It will also highlight the role that a global partnership could play in not only increasing the supply of ECD but also encouraging partners to collaborate to reduce fragmentation in ECD offerings. Register for this free event here. See your timezone here.
Clear Horizon Online Learning
Enrolments are now open for a range Clear Horizon courses, with AES members eligible to receive a 15% discount (just use the code “aes15” at enrolment to claim your discount).
Most Significant Change
Most Significant Change, is a powerful participatory tool for monitoring, evaluation and organisational learning. Learn how the Most Significant Change technique can help you uncover the real human impact of your social change initiative. Find out more.
Using Data Visualisation & Analysis to Drive Social Impact
6-week online course, starts 9th November
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