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Friday, September 21 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Umbrellas and rain drops: Evaluating systems change lessons and insights from Tasmania

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Jess Dart (Clear Horizon), Anna Powell (Beacon Foundation), Ebeny Wood (Beacon Foundation), Jo Taylor (Paul Ramsay Foundation), Kitty te Riele (Peter Underwood Centre, University of Tasmania)

There is a gradual shift in realisation that intractable or wicked problems are going to require different types of solutions - and different ways of working together.  There has been considerable energy in setting up and establishing collaborative initiatives to disrupt and change systems. These initiatives don't fit the usual confines of a program or service. They often work across sectors, are emergent,  with long establishment phases.  With the challenge of how to work with this new kind of initiative comes the challenge of how we meaningfully evaluate in this space. It's a big topic, and in this panel we focus on evaluation in the establishment phase of a systems change initiative. 

Early ideas include looking to diagnose what is holding the system in a non-optimal state, to looking for key anchors that enable systems change such as adaptive leadership, collaborative health, and trusting relationships.

This panel session brings you four different perspectives on the topic of evaluating initiatives with systems change endeavours. The philanthropist funder, the backbone leader, the project director and the evaluators. Each present their challenges and their ideas for how to evaluate systems change projects on a real example of a 5 year project here in Tasmania in 5 schools.

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Annette Madvig

Director, Nous Group
Annette has eighteen years of experience in the design, management and evaluation of complex policy and programs. She has worked in government and non-government settings in Australia and internationally, principally in Timor-Leste. She co-leads Nous' evaluation practice.

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Jess Dart

Chief Evaluator and Founder, Clear Horizon Consulting
Dr Jess Dart is the founder and Chief Evaluator of Clear Horizon, an Australian-based specialist evaluation company. Having received the 2018 Outstanding Contribution to Evaluation Award from the Australian Evaluation Society (AES), Jess is a recognised leader with over 25 years of... Read More →
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Galina Laurie

Paul Ramsay Foundation
My background is in social policy development and implementation. I am a newbie to evaluation. I am interested in how we can learn from projects aiming to bring about complex change - the results, the impacts on participants, and the ways to effect changes in systems to support equity... Read More →

Anna Powell

Collective ed. State Backbone Lead, Beacon Foundation, Collective ed.
Anna is driven by a purpose to address the causes of inequality in Australia. With over 15 years of experience in building networks and coalitions for social change, Anna is currently the Collective ed. State Backbone Lead, working with a network of leaders and organisations across... Read More →
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Kitty te Riele

Professor, University of Tasmania
My research aims to enhance opportunities to access, participate and succeed in education, especially for young people from disadvantaged and under-represented communities. This includes evaluation research of initiatives that share that aim. I lead the research portfolio at the Peter... Read More →
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Jo Taylor

General Manager, Paul Ramsay Foundation
Over the past 20+ years Jo has worked in the UK and Australia leading philanthropic foundations for families, corporations and government departments. Jo loves working on knotty problems, alongside communities, and working with people with differing and diverse experience in the... Read More →
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Ebeny Wood

Collective ed. Director, Beacon Foundation, Collective ed.
Ebeny came to Beacon Foundation from the University of Tasmania, where she was undertaking her doctorate on secondary student school disengagement. Her honours work was also in the field of education, with a focus on social change and schooling. Ebeny has been with Beacon since October... Read More →

Friday September 21, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm AEST
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