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Workshop: Trauma-informed evaluation (Online 16 October & 23 October 2023)

Workshop: Trauma-informed evaluation (Online 16 October & 23 October 2023)

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Workshop: Trauma-informed evaluation

Date and time: Monday 16 October & Monday 23 October 10.00am to 1.00pm AEDT (registration from 9.45am) Registrants are to attend both sessions. (full day workshop - 2 sessions)

Venue: Via Zoom. Details will be emailed to registrants just prior to the workshop start time

Facilitator: Jo Farmer

Register online by: Friday 13 October 2023. Spaces limited to 25 participants

Fees (GST inclusive): Members $295, Organisational member staff $415, Non-members $485, Student member $140, Student non-member $226. Students must send proof of their full-time student status to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Workshop Overview

Evaluators often work on projects with people, populations and in contexts where experiences of trauma are prevalent. It is important that evaluation is conducted in a way that not only minimises harm to participants, but supports their engagement in a psychologically and emotionally safe way. Having an understanding of trauma, and how to use trauma-informed practice, leads to safer and better-quality outcomes for evaluation participants and evaluators.
This workshop will give evaluators an introduction to trauma-informed practice and the key considerations in commissioning, designing and conducting evaluations.

Workshop Content

The workshop will focus on understanding the theoretical concepts of trauma, including what trauma is, why it occurs, and how it presents in evaluations. The workshop will be a practical and engaging introduction, underpinned by trauma theory and research.

The first session will be focused on understanding the fundamental concepts of trauma, including the causes and effects of trauma, complex and intergenerational trauma, and vicarious trauma. This will lead into an understanding of what good trauma-informed practice looks like, and provide an overview of the key considerations for a trauma-informed approach along the lifecycle of an evaluation project – planning, applying research methods, analysing, reporting and dissemination.

The second session will delve deeper into trauma-informed research methods, providing practical examples of tools and techniques. This session will also focus on how to respond to trauma and triggers during an evaluation, both for participants and as part of self-care as evaluators.

Workshop Outcomes

Learning outcomes will include:
• an introduction to the fundamental concepts in trauma
• increased understanding of the principles of trauma-informed practice
• practical considerations for planning and conducting trauma-informed practice
• responding to trauma and triggers
• looking after ourselves as trauma-informed evaluators.

PL competencies

This workshop aligns with competencies in the AES Evaluator’s Professional Learning Competency Framework. The identified domains are:

• Domain 1 – Evaluative attitude and professional practice

• Domain 2 – Evaluation theory

• Domain 3 – Culture, stakeholders and context

• Domain 4 – Research methods and systematic inquiry

• Domain 5 – Project management

• Domain 6 – Interpersonal skills

• Domain 7 – Evaluation Activities

Who should attend?

The workshop is designed for people with some experience of evaluation (including those conducting and commissioning evaluation), who hope to improve their understanding of how to plan for, design and undertake trauma-informed evaluation.

About Jo Farmer

Jo is an evaluation consultant, specialising in mental health and trauma. She focuses on designing and conducting evaluations that provide a psychologically safe and engaging experience for participants.
Her experience, as a consultant and internal evaluator, includes extensive work with individuals and populations experiencing individual and intergenerational trauma. Jo’s work is informed by training and research into trauma-informed research, and her own lived experience.

Workshop start times

Workshop start times

  • VIC, NSW, ACT, TAS: 10.00am

  • QLD: 9.00am

  • SA: 9.30am

  • NT: 8.30am

  • WA: 7.00am

  • New Zealand: 12.00pm

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Event Information

Event Date 16 Oct 2023 10:00am
Event End Date 23 Oct 2023 1:00pm
Cut Off Date 13 Oct 2023 4:00pm
Location Zoom
Categories Online Workshops

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