Welcome cocktail reception, Tuesday 18 September 6:00–8:00pm, open to all delegates! Venue: Penny Royal
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Samantha Abbato

Samantha Abbato and Associates
Brisbane, Australia
Samantha Abbato is an evaluation consultant and director of Visual Insights, a pictures and stories approach to evaluation. Sam has completed more than 100 evaluation and research reports and papers for a range of government, non-government organisations and community stakeholders. She has numerous published book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles and worked as a freelance journalist for several years. Sam was the recipient of the 2015 AES Evaluation Publication Award (Caulley Tulloch Award). Sam’s academic qualifications include: a PhD (Epidemiology) and MPH (Epidemiology/Biostatistics), UC Berkeley (1997), a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Honours in Physiology, Monash University (1988). In addition, she lectured in epidemiology and qualitative methods at the University of Queensland (1997-2000).
Sam has worked as an independent consultant for more than twelve years and has thirty years of health and community sector experience. She is a specialist in health and community sector evaluation with extensive experience in qualitative and quantitative evaluation approaches, working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and a range of culturally and linguistically diverse communities, including refugees.
With a passion for communication and maximising evaluation use, and an extensive understanding of the evaluation commissioner perspective through her work on Visual Insights organisational capacity building, Sam is able to offer a wealth of case studies of the good, the bad and the ugly of evaluation reporting. Drawing on her own shift from an academic approach to a “use focus” to achieve outcomes goals in partnership with organisations, she is able to share effective engagement and communication strategies that are responsive to organisations’ needs whilst maintaining the integrity of method and evidence.
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