Workshop: Commissioning Better Evaluations (Online 12 & 19 February 2024)
Workshop: Commissioning Better Evaluations
Date and time: Monday 12 February & Monday 19 February 2024, 11.00am to 2.30pm AEDT (registration from 10.45am). 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
Facilitators: Vanessa Hood and Duncan Rintoul
Register online by: 9 February 2024. 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 workshop has been custom designed for people who want to commission better evaluations. It is for people with a role in planning, commissioning and managing evaluations. It is suitable for beginners through to those with a few years' experience.
The training is interactive and hands-on, with lots of practical examples and group activities through the day to keep the blood pumping and the brain ticking. It will provide you with tools that you can start using immediately.
Participants will gain knowledge and consolidate their understanding of:
factors that influence what evaluation work is undertaken in-house vs. contacted out
engaging your stakeholders in the planning, conduct and use of an external evaluation
elements that make up a good evaluation brief / approach to market / scope of services
how to describe what you’re looking for – different types of evaluation and how they can be used to inform policy, strategy and project work
techniques for developing and prioritising your evaluation questions
factors that influence the scale, cost and timeframe of an external evaluation
ways of estimating an evaluation budget
what to look for in an external evaluation team
assessment of evaluation proposals/quotes and the procurement process
management of external evaluation contracts
governance, risk management and ethical conduct in external evaluations
Participants will leave the workshop with skills and knowledge to commission better evaluations.
This workshop aligns with competencies in the AES Evaluator’s Professional Learning Competency Framework. The identified domains are
- Domain 5 – Project management
Who should attend?
Anyone working in government, the community sector or business who has a role in planning, commissioning or managing evaluations. No prior experience in evaluation is required.
Workshop start times
VIC, NSW, ACT, TAS: 11.00am
New Zealand: 1.00pm
For other time zones please go to https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html
About the facilitators
Vanessa Hood and Duncan Rintoul are two of the people who run Rooftop Social, a consulting firm that specialises in social research, evaluation, strategy and design, facilitation and capacity building. Both bring deep practical experience in designing and delivering ECB programs in government and non-government organisations. Together, they have run training on evaluation for a wide range of organisations, ranging from Girl Guides Australia and Financial Literacy Australia to the Victorian Country Fire Authority and the Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.
Vanessa is the former evaluation lead at Sustainability Victoria. She spent much of 2017 as an Evaluation Fellow in the Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy, where she worked with senior and mid-level groups to advance both strategic and technical aspects of evaluative practice in the organsation. Of late, she has been working extensively with NGOs in the financial counselling and financial literacy sectors. Van also delivers an AES workshop on Facilitation for Evaluators.
Duncan has designed and delivered scores of evaluations over a 20+ year career, as well as ECB programs for numerous government agencies, including the Victorian Department of Education and Training, the Australian Government Department of Industry and Science, the Australian Communications and Media Authority, Transport for NSW and the ACT government. From 2015-19 he established and led a team responsible for building internal capacity for evaluation and use of evidence across the NSW Department of Education. For a sample of the resources developed as part of this project see here.
|Event Date||12 Feb 2024 11:00am|
|Event End Date||19 Feb 2024 2:30pm|
|Cut Off Date||09 Feb 2024 4:00pm|