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Closing plenary: It’s the AES18 Great Debate and it’s going to be huge!

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Bear witness to the battle of the biggest evaluation brains as two teams fight it out to reign supreme. Six experts will use their evaluation knowledge, evaluative logic, wit and charm to win the day and prove that they are the better side. The topic is contentious and opens the way for a synthesis and lively critique of the conference theme. The competition will be heated and the insights will be world-class.
The AES18 Great Debate topic is:

Evaluation as a profession will be replaced by artificial intelligence and we should all be looking for new jobs

The debate will be battled out during the final conference plenary session with the Duncan Rintoul, our MC in the moderator’s chair.
The affirmative team will argue artificial intelligence will replace the role traditionally played by evaluators, and some version of Siri or Alexa drawing on all existing evidence to produce an instant evaluation of a policy or program for minimal cost. 
The negative team will argue that evaluation is even more relevant that ever, and that artificial intelligence will simply assist evaluators do an even better and demanded role.

Followed by:
Conference close, AES President
Handover to aes19 conference

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Duncan Rintoul

Manager, Evaluation Capacity Building, NSW Department of Education
I have been working in social research and evaluation since 2000. My favourite things to chat about, apart from my kids and how good Wollongong is:* evaluation capacity building* design thinking and innovation* evaluative practice in education, particularly in schools * public sector... Read More →

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Lyn Alderman

Chief Evaluator, Department of Social Services
Dr Lyn Alderman brings a wealth of expertise to her role as Chief Evaluator. Lyn’s experience spans several sectors including nonprofit, corporate, higher education and vocational education. She has a deep disciplinary knowledge and experience in program evaluation, evaluation frameworks... Read More →
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Penny Hagen

Co-design Lead, Auckland Co-design Lab
Penny assists organisations and teams to apply co-design and design-led approaches to the design and implementation of strategy, programs, policies and services. She specialises in projects with social outcomes and supports capability building with teams and organisations wanting... Read More →
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Kate McKegg

Director, The Knowledge Institute
Kate has worked in the fields of evaluation, evaluation capacity building, research, policy and public sector management since the late 1980s. She has developed specialist skills in developmental evaluation, programme evaluation, evaluation capacity building, strategy, policy, research... Read More →
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Karol Olejniczak

Assistant Professor, University of Warsaw, Centre for European Regional and Local Studies
Karol Olejniczak is an Assistant Professor of public policy at EUROREG - University of Warsaw, Poland, and a visiting scholar at The George Washington University, Washington D.C. He is also a co-founder of policy research company Evaluation for Government Organization (EGO s.c.).His... Read More →
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Gill Westhorp

Professorial Research Fellow, Charles Darwin University
Gill leads the Realist Research Evaluation and Learning Initiative (RREALI) at Charles Darwin University. RREALI develops new methods and tools within a realist framework, supports development of competency in realist approaches and provides realist evaluation and research services... Read More →

Friday September 21, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm AEST
Conference centre