Date and time: Thursday 24th June 2021. 12.30 - 1.30pm AEST
Topic: Evaluation with complexity 'in mind'
Presenter: Dr Julie Elliott
Venue: KPMG, 1 Constitution Avenue, Canberra ACT 2600 - note that the venue has a maximum capacity of 20. Room details will be emailed to registrants closer to seminar date.
Register online by: 
Friday 18 June

This is a free seminar organised by the Canberra Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our regular events 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

It may be argued that prevailing modernist-based evaluation approaches are inadequate for evaluators grappling with multi-dimensional wicked problems. Many evaluators have been wrestling with real-world complexity by adjusting and extending existing methods but haven’t reached agreement on what version or interpretation of complexity science to turn to or how to apply it to evaluation theory and practice.

In this seminar Julie will share her insights from recently completed PhD research on complexity theory and evaluation, through RMIT. Her presentation will:

  • introduce the history, concepts and methods of social complexity theory
  • briefly describe how evaluation theory has grappled with complexity to date
  • explore what we can deduce from the sciences of social complexity for enhancing evaluation theory and practice

Presenter background

Dr Julie Elliott is a member of the AES Canberra Regional Network Committee.


The seminar will also be available via Zoom. If you prefer to attend via Zoom then please register here.