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Thursday, September 20 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Transforming evaluation culture and systems within the Australian aid program: Embracing the power of evaluation to promote learning, transparency, and accountability.

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David Slattery (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade), Tracey McMartin (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)

Evaluation is a core means of assessing the effectiveness of Australian aid. Over the past five years, DFAT has progressively transformed its evaluation culture and systems from one non-compliance with policy requirements, and non-publication of results to what is now a structured and systematic approach to assessing and providing feedback on performance. Once a focus for strong external criticism of Australia's aid administration, evaluation is now regarded as one of its biggest strengths. This paper will identify and examine the key drivers for this transformation, including the importance of strong institutional leadership; clarity over accountabilities for delivering evaluations; flexibility to determine priorities and to design evaluations that will address these priorities; realism about the capacity of programs to commission and use evaluations; mechanisms for protecting the independence of evaluations; and a culture that values independent viewpoints and contestation and is willing to be transparent about the challenges it faces.

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Michael Shapland

Director for Interoperability and Innovation, Office of the Inspector-General Emergency Management
Mike Shapland is Director for Interoperability and Innovation in the Office of the Inspector-General Emergency Management in Queensland.  Before joining the Office, he worked with the Department of Emergency Services and Department of Community Safety from 2004 to 2013 in roles covering... Read More →

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Tracey McMartin

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
program evaluation, utilisation focused evaluation, M&E systems

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