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Thursday, September 20 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Evaluation literacy: Exploring the skills needed to motivate and enable others to access, understand and use evaluation information in non-government organisations

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Alison Rogers (The Fred Hollows Foundation), Leanne Kelly (Windermere), Alicia McCoy (BeyondBlue)

The motivations and abilities of individuals to gain access to, understand and use evaluative information is highly varied. Evaluation literacy can make evaluation more appropriate, understandable and accessible. This world cafe session intends to reveal and share ways that we engage with colleagues to enhance evaluation literacy. This session is aimed at internal evaluators in non-government organisations, employees who practise and promote evaluation, and external evaluators working with organisations. We invite participants to share their experiences and learn from others. The session will examine a key issue: how do individuals promote evaluation among their colleagues in non-government organisations? 

Understanding social connections between colleagues and elucidating interpersonal dynamics is useful for considering how to transform team work dynamics. Drawing upon a social psychological theory called social interdependence theory, the presenters will facilitate the world café discussion around setting cooperative goals. Focused on ways of promoting evaluation, the questions will be structured around:
  • How do you set common goals that link all individuals? 
  • How are individuals held accountable for their contribution?
  • How do you ensure there are opportunities to connect? How do you provide encouragement? 
  • What is your preferred communication style? 
  • How do you incorporate opportunities for reflection?  
The world café session will use examples from the literature as a starting point. Participants rotating through the questions will be provided with an opportunity to share their real world experiences and hear from others. Participants will leave with an increased understanding of this topic with evidence from the literature, theory and practical examples. This useful networking opportunity will enable practitioners attempting to promote evaluation among their colleagues with practical strategies to enhance their practice.

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Alicia McCoy

Head of Research and Evaluation, Beyond Blue
Alicia is Head of Research and Evaluation at Beyond Blue. She has 15 years’ experience working in the health and community sectors in a range of evaluation, research and clinical roles. Alicia is a social worker by profession and her PhD at The University of Melbourne on the practice... Read More →
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Alison Rogers

PhD Candidate, The University of Melbourne
Alison Rogers is a PhD candidate with the Centre for Program Evaluation at The University of Melbourne. She is also the Strategic and Innovation Adviser with the Indigenous Australian Program of The Fred Hollows Foundation based in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Thursday September 20, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am AEST
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