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2016 Australasian Evaluation Society Conference

Event Details
Hyatt Regency, 99 Adelaide Terrace, Perth, Western Australia
17 September 2016 - 21 September 2016


Whatever your role, interest and experience in evaluation, the 2016 Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) Conference Committee invites you to attend the 2016 AES Conference.

Held at the Hyatt Regency, Perth, the 2016 AES Conference is an opportunity to reflect on what diversity and change in social, cultural, organisational, environmental, political and economic landscapes means for evaluation and evaluators. The conference will be preceded by two days of pre-conference workshops held on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September at the Curtin Graduate School of Business, 78 Murray Street, Perth.

Presentations and discussions will consider how practitioners work within and between landscapes, what impact practice has on them (both positive and negative), and how we respond to changes in their terrain (particularly those changes that we create). Discussions will also focus on the diversity of the landscapes we work in, including:

  • Social and Cultural Landscapes: How do different landscapes shape different social and cultural identities, and how is this reflected in evaluation practice? Who has the right to speak for different groups, and who bestows that right? What have been the unintended consequences of our work within and between cultural and social landscapes?
  • Organisational, Political and Economic Landscapes: How have recent changes to our organisational, political and economic landscapes influenced our practice? What strengths and values do we need to survive and continue to influence change in the current organisational, political and economic landscapes?
  • Natural and Built Landscapes: How do the environments in which we work (including distance between them) impact the work we do? How do we account for different evaluation results and experiences between environments? How has technology impacted our understanding of other landscapes (including distances, timelines and relationships)? What consequences have these changes had for the programs we evaluate and our practices?
  • Evaluation Landscapes: What have we learned from the diverse landscapes in which we work? How can we bring those learnings together to improve evaluation practice? How do we balance the competing needs of the diverse landscapes we encounter in our daily practice? What theories and tools have we developed to deal with this diversity? What else do we need to make evaluation more responsive to diversity?

For more information and to register, please visit the 2016 AES Conference website. Early bird registrations end Thursday 30 June 2016.

Are you new to evaluation or/and to the AES conference? The Conference Committee will be arranging some social networking events for conference first-timers and delegates new to evaluation. If 2016 is the first time you are attending an AES Evaluation Conference, or you are new to evaluation, be sure to check the appropriate box on the online registration form.

Posted 4 April 2016