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Workshop: Evaluating power in partnerships and collaborations (Online 21 & 28 May 2024)

Workshop: Evaluating power in partnerships and collaborations (Online 21 & 28 May 2024)

Evaluating power in partnerships and collaborations

Workshop: Evaluating power in partnerships and collaborations 

Date and time: Tuesday 21 May and Tuesday 28 May, 10.00am to 1.00pm AEST (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

Facilitators: Dr Nicholas Vogelpoel and Dr Cameron Willis

Register online by: 20 May 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 email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Workshop Overview

This training is for those working in partnerships and collaborations, with interests in learning and evaluation and navigating the complexities of how power shows up and is distributed between actors.

Much attention is being given to collaborative ways of working for tackling complex challenges, including those related to the sustainability of the planet, the health and wellbeing of populations, and the prosperity of our economies. Partnerships bring together actors from across diverse sectors and settings, creating, subverting and even increasing experiences of power between sectors, people and organisations. Evaluating and learning about power within a collaboration, and how a collaboration influences power structures, is challenging.

This 1-day training provides participants with a practical introduction to evaluating power within partnerships and collaborations, with a focus on how to navigate challenging dynamics from the outset, and work to redistribute power over the life-course of a partnership.

Workshop Content

Through highly interactive sessions, participants will examine the structures, processes and intended outcomes of partnerships, and the different ways that power can be measured, challenged and shared.

Workshop Outcomes

At the end of this training, you will be able to:

  • Clearly describe the role and value of evaluation for partnerships and collaborations

  • Identify the structures, processes and outcomes of platforms and partnerships

  • Recognise different forms and presentations of power within partnerships

  • Understand how to evaluate the impact of power, and share learning for improvement with partners

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 3 – Culture, stakeholders and context

  • Domain 7 – Evaluation Activities

Who should attend?

If you are working in, or interested in, learning about partnerships and improving their performance, then this course is relevant to you. Measuring impact and sustainability is notoriously difficult, and in collaborative partnerships - even more so. You will gain practical skills in exploring manifestations of power within partnerships and identifying meaningful strategies to disrupt and distribute power - and insights into how to use these skills for improving your partnerships and communicating progress.

This course is for anyone working in or interested in partnerships who wants to learn about and evaluate power. Participants may occupy many different roles within platforms or partnerships and no prior experience of learning and evaluation is required. This is foundational and intermediate – assuming some working knowledge of evaluation, with less experience with concepts of power or collaboration.

Sliding scale example 1

About the facilitators: 

Dr Nicholas Vogelpoel is a leader in the design, implementation and evaluation of complex programs. Nic has particular interests and expertise in designing and implementing learning and evaluation systems for partnerships and platforms. Over the past 15 years, he has been privileged to work with partnerships and programs leading evaluations for global and national funders of international development (DfID, Danida, DFAT, SIDA, Defra, European Commission) with organisations in Australia, Pacific, Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. He has designed evaluation systems for major collaborations at World Economic Forum, Wellcome Trust and conducted evaluations for philanthropic organisations and private foundations, universities, government and charities.    

Dr Cameron Willis, is an Associate Professor (Adj) in the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design at Swinburne University in Melbourne, and a Director at Day Four Projects. He brings 20 years of experience in designing and implementing impact-oriented evaluations for institutions in Australia, Pacific, Southeast Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. He has led evaluative initiatives for government agencies, non-government organizations and research institutes, including the Public Health Agency of Canada, Australian Volunteers Program, Save the Children, Climateworks Foundation, Australian Red Cross, Paul Ramsay Foundation, Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, and the NHMRC’s Prevention Partnership Centre. Cameron has conducted nationally important research studies, including of the complex pathways by which research influences policy and practice change of relevance to population health initiatives.

Workshop start times

Event Information

Event Date 21 May 2024 10:00am
Event End Date 28 May 2024 1:00pm
Cut Off Date 20 May 2024 4:00pm
Location Zoom
Categories Online Workshops

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