Date and time: Wednesday 16th June 2021 5.30 - 6.30pm AEST
Topic: Evaluation Capacity Building
Presenters: Delyth Lloyd - Department of Health (Victoria), Florent Gomez - Department of Customer Service (NSW) and George Argyrous - UTS institute for Public Policy and Governance
Facilitator: Amy Gullickson - Centre for Program Evaluation, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne
Venue: Via Zoom. Details will be emailed to registrants just prior to the seminar start time
Register online by: noon on 15th June

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

Capacity building takes many forms and functions. In this presentation we explore a case study which began with an individual level approach to building capacity, and another which takes an organisational lens. Del will describe strategies used at the Centre for Evaluation and Research Evidence to increase evaluation skills and motivation among department staff. Critical appraisal of this approach will include presentation of satisfaction and one-year training follow up data. Initial feedback from a new ‘Evaluation Clinics’ initiative will also be shared. Florent’s presentation will take us through a more informal approach to evaluation capacity building, in the form of Evaluation Communities of Practice, which can be very powerful, in particular in the context of organisations with less established or centralised evaluation capacity. George’s presentation will focus on the assessment of evaluation culture and practice at the organisational level. It will review the development and use of a short rubric-based approach to this that can supplement individual-level capability building. It will also explore various scenarios in which such an assessment can support evaluation, such as identifying needs, reviewing the effectiveness of capability building programs, and starting a discussion within a discussion about evaluation practice.

Presenters' background

Delyth (Del) Lloyd is a Research and Evaluation Manager in the Centre for Evaluation and Research Evidence at the Victorian Department of Health. Del was formerly the Head of the Evaluation Unit at EY Sweeney and spent 10 years at the University of Melbourne in a research and evaluation role at the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health. Del is a former board director of the Australian Evaluation Society and has served on the AES Professional Practice subcommittee for over 10 years. Del is passionate about pragmatic evaluation which makes a difference and enjoys wrangling tricky projects, studying, teaching and sharing evaluation with anyone who will listen.

Florent (Flo) Gomez is an Evaluation manager in the NSW Department of Customer Service with over 10 years’ experience in the evaluation space across Europe and Australia. Florent launched the department’s Evaluation Community of Practice in 2017 which he still lead. He is also the current chair of the Australian Evaluation Society New South Wales committee. Florent has managed many evaluation projects both as an external consultant and internal evaluator since jumping to the other side of the fence in 2017. Florent is passionate about making sure that evaluations are useful and being used.

Dr George Argyrous is a Research and Evaluation Manager at the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG) and was formerly ANZSOG Senior Lecturer in Evidence-Based Decision-Making and director of the Evidence and Evaluation Hub. He is an expert in the application of statistics and research methods to social, economic and evaluation research, and the macroeconomics of government spending. George has worked on many evaluations. He has also led the development of a number of major evaluation frameworks in areas such as disaster recovery and countering violent extremism, and whole-of-government approaches such as the NSW Government Evaluation Guidelines, and the ACT Government Evaluation Toolkit. George also conducts extensive capability building, and will lead the new IUTS graduate program in evidence and evaluation to be launched in 2022.

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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