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Friday, September 21 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Traps for young players: a panel session by new evaluators for new evaluators

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Dan Borg, Jennifer Thompson (VicRoads), Victoria Cook (Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources), Ellie McDonald (Department of Health and Human Services)

What are the common traps for young players newly transitioned to evaluation? New to evaluation and asking this question - then this is the session for you. Come and hear about the lessons learnt from a panel of practitioners who have recently transitioned to evaluation through diverse pathways. Hear also from evaluators with dedicated roles in building evaluation capability (and the common issues encountered). You'll also have the opportunity in this facilitated session to share your experiences and lessons learnt. 

Part panel, part facilitated session/panel forum, we will discuss pathways into evaluation practice; successes and challenges in making the transition; all aspects of the evaluation journey (from first conversations with clients/commissioners to evaluation reporting); lessons in maximising evaluation use; and, where to turn to for help. 

The session will involve a mix of a facilitated panel; audience Q&As and facilitated group activities designed to encourage audience participation and sharing of experiences.  

Chairs
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Charlie Tulloch

Founder, Policy Performance
I founded Policy Performance in February 2018 to support public sector leaders to plan, implement and evaluate their policies and programs. I feel that the 2017 conference focused heavily on co-design, capacity building and professionalisation of the workforce. I have a feeling that... Read More →

Speakers
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Dan Borg

Independent consultant
Dan is an evaluator with a background in environmental science and a PhD from the University of Melbourne. Dan's has experience conducting evaluations in natural resource management, emergency management and in health in the public service and not for profit sectors. Dan is passionate... Read More →
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Victoria Cook

Senior Evaluator | Outcomes Performance and Evaluation Strategy and Planning Group, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
I have over twelve years’ experience in M&E in both government and private consulting. My passion is ECB in organisations and am currently employed at a very large Government Department doing so. I enjoy working on complex program logic models and M&E plans. I have a very strong... Read More →
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Ellie McDonald

Evaluation and Research Policy Officer, DHHS
Ellie is an emerging evaluator, with a background in public policy and international relations. Currently working in the Centre for Evaluation and Research at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, Ellie undertakes internal program evaluations and provides advice and... Read More →
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Jen Thompson

Senior Project and Policy Officer, VicRoads
I am a big picture thinker who has found a natural home in evaluation. I am passionate about active transport, urban planning, public health and road safety. I have bundled these together in my work in policy and project management throughout my career. I now work at VicRoads, developing... Read More →


Friday September 21, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Chancellor 3 Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston

Attendees (30)