Conference Program

Complexity and Evaluation: Approaches to evaluating systems change

Day 1 of the Conference is focused on understanding what systems change is and why we need to know about it if we are to achieve large-scale impact. Participants will learn different ways to ‘frame’ systems change and see these approaches brought to life through case studies, useable frameworks & tools, and applying the approaches ‘live’ in the room.

Day 2 moves from framing systems change evaluation to measuring. We’ll unpack the different types of evidence, how to measure different principles, as well as participants live case studies.

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Thursday 3 May, 2018
8:00AM
Registration

Arrival tea & coffee available

9:00AM
Plenary:Welcome to Country

Welcome to Country

9:15AM
Plenary - Welcome to the conference and building the conference community

Speakers:Kerry Graham, Dr Jessica Dart, Kate McKegg

9:30AM
Plenary Panel: What frames do you use to understand system change to enable you to evaluate it?

Unpacking 3 different approaches for ‘framing’ systems change
o Principle-based evaluation approach
o Critical systems approach
o Theory of Change approach

Panel Facilitator: Kerry Graham

Panellist:Mark Cabaj, Dr Jessica Dart, Kate McKegg

10:30AM
Morning Tea
10:50AM
Plenary workshop: Co-creating a principles-based approach for systems change

Facilitators::Mark Cabaj, Kate McKegg

11:45AM
Plenary case study: Applying a Theory of Change approach for systems change

Presenters:Dr Jessica Dart, Zazie Tolmer

12:30PM
Lunch
1:15PM
Concurrent Sessions
Measuring progress and impact for social innovation processes

Using the In-Deep Framework to ‘frame’:
o What are principles and overarching design to measuring progress and impact of social innovation processes
o What approaches & tools can be used at different phases and stages

Note: 4 different approaches and tools will be unpacked, including:
o Evaluating prototypes
o Scaling innovation
o Failing forward
o Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Presenters:Mark Cabaj, Dr Jessica Dart, Anna Powell

Tracking progress and evaluating place-based reform

Using the Collaborative Change Cycle to ‘frame’
o What are phases and stages of collaborative processes that seek to drive place-based, systems change
o What approaches & tools can be used to track systems change at different phases and stages

Note: 7 different approaches and tools will be unpacked, including:
o Values-based agreements
o Contribution analysis
o Pattern spotting
o Measuring collaborative health
o Most Significant Change
o Contribution Analysis
o Measuring policy change (SIPSI)

Presenters:Kerry Graham, Kate McKegg, Jen Riley, Regina Hill, Zazie Tolmer

3:15PM
Afternoon Tea
3:35PM
Plenary: sharing learnings from each break out session
4:00PM
Plenary: Learning interview with Children and Youth Area Partnership

Managing the balance between evaluation for learning and evaluation for accountability in systems change

Panel facilitator:
o Liz Gillies

Panellists:Zazie Tolmer, Mila Waise

4:45PM
Close for Day 1
5:00PM to 7:30PM
Conference cocktail event
Friday 4 May, 2018
8:00AM
Registration
9:00AM
Plenary - Welcome and framing Day 2

Speakers:Kerry Graham, Dr Jessica Dart, Kate McKegg

9:15AM
Panel: How do we know we are on track for systems change – using and blending evidence to make sense

Panel facilitator
o Jess Dart

Panellist:Mark Cabaj, Samantha Togni, Zazie Tolmer

10:15AM
Morning Tea
10:45AM
Breakout Sessions
Measuring adaptive and accountable leadership
Measuring innovation
Measuring opportunism
11:25AM
Breakout Sessions
Measuring collaboration health
Measuring continuous improvement
Measuring intergenerational change
12:05PM
Breakout Sessions
Measuring principles created by participants on Day 1
Measuring principles created by participants on Day 1
Measuring principles created by participants on Day 1
12:45PM
Lunch
1:30PM
Case consultation

Three participants will bring their ‘case’ of evaluating systems change and seek ‘live’ advice from conference speakers and participants through a structured case clinic process.

Facilitator:Kerry Graham

2:30PM
Group reflection from case consultations
3:00PM
Plenary: Responding to the top 5 questions generated by participants

Speakers:Kerry Graham, Mark Cabaj, Dr Jessica Dart, Kate McKegg, Jen Riley, Regina Hill, Zazie Tolmer

3:50PM to 4:00PM
Conference close and thanks
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