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Friday, September 21 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Doing evaluation: Task analysis as a pathway to progress evaluation education

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Amy Gullickson (University of Melbourne Centre for Program Evaluation)

Formal evaluation education has followed a pathway primarily dictated by the discipline in which it is taught (e.g., public administration, community psychology, education, health) and generally the focus has been on good practice in research methods (LaVelle, 2014). Informal training and professional development has been more focused on evaluation-specific skills, dictated by market demands. The AES Evaluators’ Professional Learning Competencies (AES Professional Learning Committee, 2013) cover both research and evaluation-specific ground and have been an important first step to understanding what is required to do the tasks of evaluation. However, competency sets tend to ignore the tasks inherent in doing the work (Brannick, Levine, & Morgeson, 2007).  To create effective educational processes, we need to analyse the tasks inherent in the work of evaluation, identify the skills, knowledge or other abilities required, and the type of learning necessary to develop them (e.g., basic, complex). Once that is complete we can then assess required the levels of performance on those skills and tasks (e.g., novice, expert). These steps are essential if we are to meet the needs of our diverse cadre of practicing evaluators and provide clear pathways for learning and professional recognition. In this session the presenter will report an initial task analysis on the logic of evaluation, the processes and results, and lessons learned to springboard a discussion on implications for educating people to conduct evaluation for both professional development and formal education. 

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Helen Watts

General Manager Strategy and Planning, Corangamite Catchment Management Authority
With a passion for achieving real natural resource management outcomes that are based on sound evidence and based on people's ability to contribute, learn and adapt.

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Amy Gullickson

Associate Professor, Director, Centre for Program Evaluation, The University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Amy Gullickson is the Director of the University of Melbourne Centre for Program Evaluation, which has been delivering evaluation and research services, thought leadership, and qualifications for more than 30 years. She is also a co-founder and current chair of... Read More →

Friday September 21, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am AEST
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