Saville Kushner workshop: Designing a democratic and (case based) Evaluation, Sydney, 11 September, 2013

11 Sep 2013 - 12:00am
11 Sep 2013 - 11:59pm

Date and Time: Wednesday 11 September 9am - 5pm (Registration commences 8.30am) Register by: Tuesday, 27 August 2013
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Fees: (GST inc.): Member of AES $440 | Non-member $605 | Student member $220 | Student non-member $302.50

Location: NSW Teachers Federation, 23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills, NSW

Presenter: Prof. Saville Kushner, University of Auckland, New ZealandFlyer attached.Saville will introduce the workshop by giving a view of changing political and economic contexts for program and policy evaluation. He will present the case that in a world of collapsing public sectors the need is intensifying for reviewing the place of evaluation in a democracy, and the place of democracy in evaluation.Methodologically he will rehearse the argument for evaluation case study. He will then invite participants to frame, in small groups, a response to a Request for Proposal and we will critically review the diverse results. This will set an agenda for further discussions and workshop activities.
Saville will close by taking the group through an example of an evaluative exercise (evaluation and redesign of national police training) that met the demands of democratic evaluation.Content

Participants will work through the following themes:

How to work from the small-scale to the bigger picture.
How to manage competing demands on evaluation and diverse stakeholder views.
How to manage resources for accomplishing both breadth of coverage and depth of field analysis.
How to manage the politics of evaluation.
How to use the evaluation to developmental effect beyond relying on take-up of a report.

The principal purpose of the workshop – what Saville hopes you leave with – is to stimulate greater confidence in working with evaluation case study; a deeper insight into what is distinctive about evaluative enquiry from research with a focus on the nature of evaluative judgment; an understanding of how to enhance the validity of evaluation; and how to embed evaluation in a system rather than to rest it solely on the shoulders of evaluators.Who should attend?
This workshop offers professionals from across government, not for profit and community organisations an in-depth knowledge of working with data on direct experience, program interactions and contested views. You would benefit most from the workshop if you have real dilemmas in commissioning or conducting evaluation – especially with limited resources and in circumstances where you want to use evaluation to drive – and to continue to drive – the development of professional practices.About Saville Kushner

Saville Kushner is Professor of Public Evaluation at the University of Auckland. He is a specialist in evaluation case study and his work covers many areas of public sector work. Between 2005 and 2007 he served as UNICEF regional officer for monitoring and evaluation in the Latin America/Caribbean Region. He is an Academician, UK Academy of Social Sciences, Professor Emeritus, University of the West of England, UK, Visiting Professor, University of East Anglia and past president of the UK Evaluation Society.

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