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Friday, September 21 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Taking an intersectional approach to evaluation and monitoring: moving from theory to practice

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Sarah Kearney (Our Watch), Anna Trembath (Our Watch), Elise Holland (OurWatch)

In recent decades, there have been growing efforts to apply intersectional theory to the field of gender equality, health promotion, and other areas of social policies. While much of the focus so far has been on understanding how to apply an intersectional lens to policy and programming, of equal importance is the application of an intersectional approach to monitoring and evaluation and its potential to reveal meaningful distinctions and similarities in order to better a) understand the impact of social interventions and b) monitor progress toward social policy outcomes.  

The panel consists of practice specialists with expertise in evaluation and monitoring from Our Watch, the national foundation for the prevention of violence against women. Each panellist applies an intersectional approach to designing either project-level evaluations or monitoring frameworks for tracking population-level change.  This panel will open by exploring the concept of intersectionality and its role in the development of transformative social policy.
Building on this theoretical understanding, the panellists will be interviewed by a facilitator on how they have embedded intersectionality into their monitoring and evaluation projects, drawing primarily from examples of violence prevention interventions and initiatives aimed at promoting gender equality. Examples will include: the evaluation of a national cultural change campaign (delivered across digital platforms) and the development of monitoring mechanism which tracks population-level progress towards the prevention of violence against women.   

The panel will conclude with an interactive facilitated discussion. Audience members will be asked to interrogate evaluation case studies (provided by the panellists), discussing whether the examples are intersectional, and identifying practical steps to advance an intersectional approach of the case study. At the conclusion of the panel, participants will be directed toward relevant resources to support them to move from 'inclusive' evaluations that simply recruit for diversity, towards transformative, intersectional evaluation design.

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Jenne Roberts

Evaluation Manager, Menzies School of Health Research
Jenne is an international health evaluator, working in Indigenous health in Australia and international public health, mostly in South East Asia. Jenne is interested in identifying the efforts and interventions that spark positive social and health impact, and engaging intended beneficiaries... Read More →

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Loren Days

Loren Days is currently Senior Policy Advisor, Intersectionality at Our Watch where she specialises in developing strategies to embed an intersectional approach across the organisation. She is a qualified lawyer who has experience in policy, human rights, legal and regulatory ref... Read More →
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Sarah Kearney

Manager, Evaluation and Learning, Our Watch
I am an experienced social policy evaluation specialist with a passion for preventing gender based violence. For the past few years, I've lead evaluation at Our Watch, Australia's national foundation to prevent violence against women. Together with my colleagues, we've learned how... Read More →

Friday September 21, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am AEST
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