Date and Time: Thursday 24th June 2021 4.00 - 5.30pm AEST
Topic: Systems Evaluation - practice and complexities
Presenter: Brian Keogh, Cobalt59
Venue: Via Zoom. Details will be emailed to registrants just prior to the seminar start time
Register online by: noon on Tuesday 22nd June. 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:

The seminar will be divided into three sections. Each section will have space for questions and discussion:

  1. A general overview of concepts and methods in systems and complexity theory that have been useful to date
  2. Zero Waste Program case study - a pilot program working towards zero waste. The program had clear aims and the systems were relatively uncomplicated - or were they?
  3. Environmental water use case study - hundreds of millions of dollars worth of environmental water each year is used. How did systems thinking help to evaluate this incredibly complex program?

Presenter's background

Brian has over twenty years experience in evaluations. Prof Ralph Renger converted him to systems thinking in the back of ambulances in the US mid west in 2017, and he has since found it very useful for tricky problems. Most of his evaluative work has been in the water and environmental arenas. He was joint leader of the Sydney Catchment Audits in 2016 and 2019, led the development of the Murray Darling Basin Authority M&E framework, and has evaluated the water sharing plans across NSW. He comes to this field from a management perspective, as opposed to a research orientation. In previous lives, he ran the Millennium Celebrations, and established the international physical performing group Legs on the Wall. He has an MBA and BSW.

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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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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