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Wednesday, September 19 • 1:30pm - 2:00pm
The Promise Design-thinking and Implementation Science holds for Social Impact Evaluation: Views from Practitioners and Evaluators

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Ruth Aston (University of Melbourne), Rachel Aston (ARTD Consultants), Timoci O'Connor (University of Melbourne), Robbie Francis (The Lucy Foundation / University of Otago, NZ)

In the last decade the prevalence of complex evaluands (multi-site, multi-input, multi-output and multi-outcome) aiming to achieve social change has exponentially grown. However, the expansion and development of approaches to measuring the impact of these evaluands has not kept pace. A multi-year research project conducted by the authors investigated measures for evaluating the impact of complex social change initiatives, and found that intervention design and implementation are proxy indicators for intervention impact. This short paper presentation will draw on the key findings of the research project 'creating measures for social change' and will present challenges and promising approaches in social impact evaluation including the role of technology, co-design and implementation science.
Evaluators and social change practitioners from the University of Otago National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, The Lucy Foundation and ARTD Consultants will present critical practical considerations for applying the findings of the research drawing from evaluations in public health, social enterprise and family violence.The ways in which inclusive and accessible information about design and implementation could support the adaptive monitoring and evaluation needs in challenging social change contexts will also be reflected on.

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Stefan Kmit

A/Manager, Research and Evaluation, Department for Child Protection

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Ruth Aston

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
Dr Ruth Aston is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Program Evaluation. Ruth has project managed several large-scale evaluations across Australia and internationally. She has a background in public health, including working on a three-year national project investigating the workforce... Read More →
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Rachel Aston

Manager, ARTD Consultants
Rachel is an experienced social researcher and evaluator at ARTD Consultants. She brings eight years’ experience conducting research and evaluation for government, NGOs and in the higher education sector. Rachel has a high level of expertise in qualitative and mixed-methods research... Read More →

Robbie Francis

Director, The Lucy Foundation
Robbie Francis is a young woman who has packed a lot into 29 years. Having lived with a physical disability since birth, she has worked in the disability sector for over a decade as a support worker, documentary maker, human rights intern, researcher, consultant and as an advisor... Read More →
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Timoci O’Connor

Lecturer, Centre for Program Evaluation
Timoci has over ten years of experience in conducting research and evaluation projects in the public health, education, international development and community sectors. He holds a Masters of Public Health and is currently doing his Phd exploring the nature of feedback in community-based... Read More →

Wednesday September 19, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm AEST
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