Topic: Making evaluation engaging: Research findings from non-evaluators working in culturally diverse contexts
Presenter: Alison Rogers, University of Melbourne Centre for Program Evaluation
Date and time: Wednesday 20th October 2021 5.30 - 6.30pm AEDT
Register online by: noon on 18th October
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.
An enduring challenge for evaluators is how to recruit evaluation champions and keep stakeholders engaged. This session will share findings from research conducted as part of Alison’s PhD which examined the role of non-evaluators, and identified strategies that can be used to support engagement.
The session will use a fable, The animal farm and a postal worker, to illustrate key points about evaluators and evaluation champions. This illustrative anecdote captures the importance of having non-evaluators on evaluation teams who can assist with generating enthusiasm around evaluation. This seminar will present research undertaken with non-evaluators who were able to make evaluation relevant, meaningful and useful for their colleagues working in Australian non-profit organisations. Based on interviews and case studies, the seminar will share the perspectives of non-evaluators undertaking evaluation in culturally diverse contexts. It will highlight their insights into how to overcome interpersonal barriers to evaluation by developing meaningful interpersonal relationships and understanding their colleagues as individuals. It will conclude with a discussion around their practical strategies and the implications of this research for developing equitable and inclusive working environments. Link: https://aes.asn.au/aes-blog/the-animal-farm-and-a-postal-worker-a-fable-about-evaluators-and-evaluation-champions
Venue: Via Zoom. Details will be emailed to registrants just prior to the seminar start time
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