About the Conference

Complexity and Evaluation - finding our way together

The last 6 years has seen the rise of systems thinking and collaboration in Australia in response to the complex challenges people and places are grappling with.   More than 90 impact initiatives are applying this way of working across a range of issues and geographies.  This approach to achieving social impact is beginning to deliver significant change and impact. 

But… are our approaches to measurement, monitoring and evaluation fit-for-purpose?  Do they focus on systems change? Do they enable collaboration?  

This year’s Complexity and Evaluation Conference will focus on the role of evaluation in enabling systems change and collaboration.  The Conference will provide practitioners, policy makers and evaluators with:

  • Access to the world’s leading thinkers and evaluators of complexity, systems change, collaboration and innovation
  • A real-world understanding of what systems change is and the role of evaluation
  • The critical importance of understanding power and equity as part of evaluating systems change and collaborative work
  • Evaluating systems change from an Indigenous perspective
  • Collaborative evaluation – the intersection of design thinking, participatory evaluation and systems change
  • Practical frameworks and tools you can use tomorrow with collaborators or in your evaluation work
  • Opportunities to do some of the ‘work’ in the room – working on ‘live’ evaluation challenges

You should register for this conference if you are:

  • Leading or involved in change processes that seek to address complex, entrenched problems, including place-based reform and social innovation labs
  • Commissioning evaluations, evaluating or playing a data/sense-making role in change processes that are:
      • Addressing complex challenges
      • Seeking to achieve population level improvements in a place
      • Implementing interventions for system change.
  • Are writing policy or other approaches for addressing complex challenge

The conference has been designed to maximize participant learning from speakers and each other.  Participants are invited to

  • Influence the Conference Program based on their learning needs.  At the end of Day 1 participants will submit their Learning Priorities based on their Learning Journal (provided at the Conference).  These ‘crowd-sourced’ Learning Priorities will inform the session offered on Day 2
  • Bring the evaluative challenge or opportunity you are grappling with for a consultation session on Day 2 (Interested?  Email us at alex@collaborationforimpact.com)
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