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Thursday, September 20 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
The Lived Experience Evaluators Project: Combining design thinking and innovation to build cultural capital in the evaluation sector

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Anna Strempel (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre)

This presentation will share lessons from the Lived Experience Evaluators Project (LEEP). The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) worked with human-centred service designers to develop this pilot, which trains people seeking asylum who have professional backgrounds to become evaluators. Participants complete a paid internship in which mentors from the evaluation sector support them to design and conduct evaluations for the ASRC. 
The anticipated outcomes are: 
  1. People seeking asylum gain skills, experience and opportunities that will help them to secure professional employment
  2. The ASRC has access to evaluators with valuable lived experience
  3. The input of evaluators from diverse backgrounds increases cultural capacity within the evaluation sector. 
The results of the pilot evaluation will help us decide whether and how to scale the model up. The project is exciting because of its potential to transform the evaluation sector while creating positive outcomes for a highly marginalised group, whose expertise is often overlooked. Further, it provides a real-world case study of how to integrate evaluation and design. 

We introduced Clear Horizon and TACSI's InDEEP (Integrated Design, Evaluation and Engagement with Purpose) framework during the later stages of the project; we can draw some conclusions about the value of using such a framework by comparing our experience from the early stages, where we feeling our way through the collaboration, to the process that followed the adoption of InDEEP. One of our early findings has been that using the InDEEP framework helped to clarify the respective roles of designers and evaluators. Our experience suggests that diving in without a clear framework can result in design 'crowding out' evaluation, or vice-versa. The InDEEP framework helped us to integrate the two disciplines and ensure they were mutually beneficial. This presentation will explore these and other lessons from the LEEP pilot.

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Christina Thornley

Lead Advisor Innovation and Collaboration, Education Council of Aotearo New Zealand
Christina Thornley leads the Council’s Strengthening Appraisal professional learning project across English and Māori medium schooling and early childhood education settings. She has a strong interest in promoting teaching as a self-managing profession. The appraisal project focuses... Read More →

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Anna Strempel

Monitoring & Evaluation Manager, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
After starting my career in the environmental sustainability sector I moved through several community engagement, international development, advocacy and research roles before finding my current home in the M&E field. I have lived and worked in several parts of Indonesia and have... Read More →

Thursday September 20, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm AEST
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