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Thursday, September 20 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Evaluation capability building: Transforming evaluation culture or spinning wheels?

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Delyth Lloyd (Victorian Department of Health and Human Services), Vanessa Hood (Rooftop Social), Megan Kerr (Victorian Department of Education and Training), Kate Nichols (Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources), Amanda Reeves (Victorian Department of Education and Training), Roberta Thorburn (Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science), Eleanor Williams (Victorian Department of Health and Human Services), Martin Hall (New South Wales Department of Education)

Building an organisation's evaluation culture and capability is not an exact science. Different approaches are suited to different contexts and must be responsive to the organisation's individual characteristics. Factors such as leadership, systems, processes, staff attitudes and skills will inform what strategies will be most effective in transforming an organisation's evaluation culture.  Who leads the evaluation capability effort and the resources available will also determine the approach. Sometimes evaluation capability building is led by a central team, other times it is dispersed throughout the organisation, or contracted-in via external consultants. Sometimes the funding and resources are flowing, while other times there is only a trickle.

So what is the current situation in the public sector at State and Commonwealth level, a sector undergoing marked transformation and reform with increased demand for accountability, outcomes-thinking, evaluation and evidence-driven ways of working? In this context, what different approaches are being used to help strengthen organisational evaluation culture and capability building? Are evaluation capability building endeavours equipping government organisations to thrive in this time of change?

This interactive session will explore the current evaluation capability and culture building approaches being used in five large State and Commonwealth government departments, including the:
  1. Victorian Department of Education and Training
  2. Victorian Department of Health and Human Services
  3. Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
  4. Australian Department of the Environment and Energy
  5. New South Wales Department of Education
  6. Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
The session will be invaluable for those who work in, or with, any government agency as well as those interested in evaluation capability building more broadly. Each organisation will showcase different evaluation culture and capability building approaches tailored to their context. A facilitated mini-workshop will then invite participants to reflect on the implications for their own organisations and co-create practical strategies for enhancing evaluation capability and culture building practice in different contexts.

Chairs
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Claire Grealy

Partner, Urbis
Indigenous evaluation | Social return on investment | Policy advisory - vulnerable populations in justice, health and education systems | Health planning - facilities and service models | | Health pathways and

Speakers
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Vanessa Hood

Associate Director, Rooftop Social
I've been working as a facilitator and evaluator for over 15 years, in a wide range of contexts, including horticulture, sustainability and financial literacy. I work at Rooftop Social with Duncan Rintoul and a team of associates from around Australia, on evaluation capability building... Read More →
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Megan Kerr

Manager, Evaluation, Victorian Department of Education and Training
Megan is a public policy professional with over 15 years experience in policy and program design, implementation, evaluation and research. Megan has worked across education, health, and community development settings in the government and non-government sectors and is currently the... Read More →
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Delyth Lloyd

Manager, Centre for Evaluation and Research, Dept. Health and Human Services Victoria
Capacity building, professionalisation, cultural competence, participation, facilitation, and technology.
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Kate Nichols

Senior Evaluator, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources
I've been a practising evaluator since Missy Elliot released 'Work it' which a) reveals a bit too much about my age, but b) gives you a sense of how much I'm into this stuff. I've recently returned to an evaluation role in the Victorian public sector after working in a private sector... Read More →
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Amanda Reeves

Senior Evaluation Officer, Department of Education Victoria
Amanda is an experienced evaluation practitioner and policy analyst at the Department of Education Victoria. Amanda has led evaluation projects in a variety of roles in government, the not-for-profit sector and as an external consultant in education, youth mental health and industry... Read More →
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Roberta Thorburn

Senior Evaluation Officer, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
I am an evaluation officer in the central evaluation unit of the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. Prior to this, I worked in the central evaluation unit of the Department of the Environment and Energy. While I moved from one central evaluation... Read More →
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Eleanor Williams

Assistant Director, Centre for Evaluation and Research, Department of Health and Human Services Victoria
In my current role as Assistant Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Research at the Department of Health and Human Services, I am working to build an evaluation culture across a large government department of over 12,000 employees. My team and I aim to improve the use of data... Read More →


Thursday September 20, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Chancellor 4 Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston

Attendees (90)