Date and time: Wednesday 19th May 2021 5.30 - 7.00pm AEST
Topic: Using data to drive decisions
Presenters: Beverley Phillips and Melanie Milsteed, Department of Justice and Community Safety
Venue: Via Zoom. Details will be emailed to registrants just prior to the seminar start time
Register online by: noon on 17th May

This is a free seminar organised by the Victorian 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.

Seminar overview

COVID-19 has presented many risks, challenges and opportunities since early 2020. As Melbourne entered an extended lockdown with greater restrictions there was great concern around what this might mean for those living with the risk of family violence. To support the Victorian governments understanding of the implications on Family Violence the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) developed a COVID-19 Family Violence Data Portal. The Family Violence Data Portal is an online interactive data tool designed to support family violence policy and evaluation throughout the pandemic.

The seminar will cover:

  • who are the Research and Analytics team at DJCS
  • development of the Portal from conception to deployment and use
  • access and use of the Portal.

Presenters' background

Beverley Phillips is an experienced data analyst and family violence researcher. She is the Lead Data Analyst responsible for the ongoing development and production of Victoria’s Family Violence Database and the COVID-19 Family Violence Data Portal within the Department of Justice and Community Safety.

Melanie Millsteed is the Assistant Director of Research and Analytics at DJCS. She has a background in crime and criminal justice research and evaluation, and leads a program of work on data linkage, analytics and forecasting to support policy and evaluation.

Seminar start times

  • VIC, NSW, ACT, TAS, QLD: 5.30pm
  • SA, NT: 5.00pm
  • Perth: 3.30pm
  • New Zealand: 7.30pm

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Please ensure you have access to your email address just prior to the start time to access Zoom details. Please also check your email address is correct on your registration form before submitting. Thanks.


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