Date and Time: Thursday 27th May 2021 4.00 - 5.30pm AEST
Topic: Connecting Evaluation and Indigenous Knowledges for Country with Practical Action
Presenter: Associate Professor Megan Williams, National Centre for Cultural Competence at the University of Sydney
Venue: Via Zoom. Details will be emailed to registrants just prior to the seminar start time
Register online by: noon on Tuesday 25th May. Places limited to 100 participants.

This is a free event organised by the New South Wales Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our free event 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:

How can evaluation better connect with and listen to Indigenous voices, knowledges and Country? What methodologies and frameworks are most appropriate for evaluations of programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples? What is the role of the new Australian Government Indigenous Evaluation Strategy? What are the ethical responsibilities of non-Indigenous evaluators working in this area?

Professor Megan Williams, Research Lead and Assistant Director of National Centre for Cultural Competence at the University of Sydney will be interviewed by Dr Ruth McCausland, the Research and Evaluation Director for the Yuwaya Ngarra-li partnership between UNSW and the Dharriwaa Elders Group, Walgett.

Presenters' background

Associate Professor Megan Williams is renowned for her groundbreaking work on evaluating Aboriginal programs including her development of the Ngaa-bi-nya evaluation framework, which aims to disrupt and enrich your understanding of Indigenous Knowledges and Country in evaluation policy and practice. She is the Research Lead and Assistant Director of the National Centre for Cultural Competence at The University of Sydney. Megan is Wiradjuri through her father’s family and has over 20 years’ experience working on programs and research to improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system. Megan has government and industry funding and collaborations for research, including about health service delivery, workforce development and facilitation of community driven research. Megan is Chair of the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network Human Research Ethics Committee and a trained Aboriginal Family Wellbeing Program facilitator. Being active in research translation, Megan has conveyed Indigenous people’s research, stories and expertise to professional bodies, communities, parliamentarians, students and the media. Megan is a Director and contributing editor of health media organisation, and Associate Editor of Health Sociology Review. Her research projects and outputs are here:

Dr Ruth McCausland is Research and Evaluation Director for the Yuwaya Ngarra-li partnership between UNSW and the Dharriwaa Elders Group, Walgett. A non-Indigenous researcher and evaluator, Ruth has worked over the past 25 years in the fields of criminology, human rights and community development with a particular focus on community-led responses to criminalisation and incarceration. Ruth is Chair of the Board of the Community Restorative Centre, and a member of the NSW Regional Network Committee of the Australian Evaluation Society.

Session start times

  • NSW, Victoria, ACT, TAS, QLD: 4.00pm
  • SA, NT: 3.30pm
  • Perth: 2.00pm
  • New Zealand: 6.00pm

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