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ImprovingEvaluation

Date and time: Thursday 23 July 2015, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (registration from 8.30am)
Venue: Waldorf Hotel, 2 Akuna Street, Canberra ACT 2601
Presenter: Carol Vale, Murawin
Register online by: midday 22 July 2015
Fees: AES Members $440, Non-members $605, Student AES member $220, Student non-member $302.50

About the workshop

It is often said that "Indigenous Australians are the most studied people in the country", and whilst there may be an element of truth in that statement, it is also reasonable to note that for the most part evaluations are undertaken by evaluators with varying degrees of cultural competency in relation to engagement with Indigenous communities. The need to increase the number of Indigenous people doing research at all levels of projects is important to ensure that cultural nuances and protocols are captured in the evaluation project.
This workshop will provide an overview of an evaluation framework that draws on Indigenous understandings and perspectives and western-constructed evaluation models. The aim of the workshop is to provide participants with insights into stakeholder engagement processes that will enhance their evaluation practice.

The workshop will explore:

• Indigenous stakeholder engagement
• cultural competency continuum
• building capacity of local researchers
• Indigenous worldviews and the overlay of evaluation practices.

Outcomes

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
• apply principles of Indigenous stakeholder engagement to their practice
• measure their cultural competence in relation to undertaking evaluation in Indigenous communities
• develop strategies to enhance their evaluation practice in consideration of Indigenous world views.

Who should attend?

Beginner to experienced evaluators, policy advisors and managers looking for techniques to assist with the evaluation processes they use with Indigenous communities.

About the presenter

Carol is a Dunghutti woman from NSW who has extensive hands-on-experience in social research and evaluation. She is Managing Director, of Murawin, a company she jointly established in 2013. Prior to Murawin, Carol had a significant career in the areas of human services and public policy across a range government departments in NSW and Qld. Carol now turns her extensive lived and employment experience to a broader audience, incorporating the international, business and corporates, non-government organisations, communities, individuals and government sectors, to empower all to influence change not just within the Indigenous space but this certainly remains a key focus of her work.

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