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Friday, September 21 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
We are Women! We are Ready! Amplifying our voice through Participatory Action Research

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Tracy McDiarmid (International Women's Development Agency), Amanda Scothern (International Women's Development Agency), Paulina Belo (Alola Foundation)

Our organisation's work is grounded in the principles of gender equality and women's rights, delivered in partnership with inspiring organisations across the Asia Pacific region. We recognise that gender equality requires incremental and transformative change which occurs over generations, and that strengthening women's movements through collective action and learning is a key strategy in achieving change. Capturing those changes in the voices of diverse women is at the heart of our commitment to ethical, feminist, participatory evaluation.

This Interactive Session models the principles and practices of our organisation's approach.  It will explore how evaluations can be designed to strengthen the capacity of diverse women as co-researchers; to build on and generate knowledge as a resource of and for the women who create, own and share it; and to design evaluative spaces that promote authentic, inclusive forms of evidence.  

A campfire approach will  highlight our recent experience, including the design of a mid-term reflection using feminist participatory action research methodologies and the development of our Feminist Research Framework (Nov 2017), and engage session participants to enquire into, and explore other applications of these principles and practices drawing on their own experience.  Our discussion will include evaluation design (experiences, challenges, applicability to different contexts) and methodological practices such as appreciative inquiry, narrative and performative methods.  

Key learnings are envisaged on topics such as participatory design processes (ensuring delivery and community partners are involved in the development of key questions and appropriate methodologies), capacity building (empowering diverse women as co-researchers in data collection and analysis), and accessible and applicable learning (communicating and using findings relevant to diverse partners to support political, economic and social change).  Peer-to-peer exchange will be captured, and will inform the circulation of sector guidance drawing on experience and learning of session participants.

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Joanna Farmer

Manager, Deloitte
I am an early career evaluator with a passion for mental health. I have a particular interest in how to meaningfully support people with lived experience of mental health to participate in evaluation. I am currently studying the Masters of Evaluation at Melbourne Uni.

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Tracy McDiarmid

Senior Program Quality Manager, International Women's Development Agency
Dr Tracy McDiarmid completed her PhD at the University of Western Australia before working in the fields of Australian social policy, governance, disaster risk reduction, and gender. Tracy has experience in international development with a variety of International Non-Government Organisations... Read More →
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Alejandra Pineda

Programs Coordinator, Myanmar, IWDA
I have worked with the International Women's Development Agency for three years, working in collaboration with IWDA's five Myanmar partner organisations to ensure the successful implementation of their programming on women's political participation, and women's safety and security... Read More →

Friday September 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm AEST
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