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Thursday, September 20 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Working with values in evaluation

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Keryn Hassall (The Australia and New Zealand School of Government)

Values underpin evaluative decision-making, and evaluation experts have advocated for clarity of values in evaluation. But there are conceptual and practical challenges to working with values. This session draws on the findings of values research in social psychology and combines this with techniques for values inquiry developed by evaluation thought leaders.
The learning objectives of this skill-building session are to (a) give participants some understanding of the research into values, to enable them to comfortably talk about values, and (b) provide ways to include values explicitly through all stages of evaluation, and particularly for evaluative synthesis.

Values are trans-situational goals that motivate people's action and serve as guiding principles in their lives. In a society or organisation, values are the broadly shared abstract ideas about what is good and desirable. These social values serve to justify actions that are taken in pursuit of these goals, and are implicitly and explicitly embedded in policies and programs. Values underpin the programs we evaluate, and how we evaluate them. Working with values allows evaluators to make clearer decisions about evaluative criteria, evaluation methods, to interpret the distribution of outcomes, and make evaluative judgements.

Participants will learn about research into values, with a framework for understanding values that can be used to facilitate discussions about values in evaluation. The session will guide participants through using this framework to interpret and map values as they appear in a social context - in policies, programs, documents and organisations. It will show the importance of understanding and being explicit about values in all stages of program development - through the process of needs analysis and developing a program theory.

Participants will learn about techniques for eliciting and clarifying values, and discuss ways to incorporate values in each stage of an evaluation, and how this clarity about values can enable more effective evaluative synthesis.

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Kelly Tapley

Evaluation & Impact Manager, SuperFriend - Industry Funds’ Mental Health Initiative
Since joining SuperFriend in 2010, Kelly has gained a wealth of subject matter expertise in workplace mental health promotion. With qualifications in psychology and psychophysiology over 15 years experience in health research project management across corporate, public and not for... Read More →

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Keryn Hassall

I'm interested in how people think - about evaluation, about policies and programs, about their work, and how people think about other people.I have two primary areas of professional focus:(1) Organisational capability and practice change - using organisation theory and practical... Read More →

Thursday September 20, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST
Chancellor 6