Conference Program

Complexity and Evaluation in an Uncertain World Conference

Australia and the broader global community face messy, wicked and new types of social, environmental, economic and political challenges. The interests and power of various actors engaged in addressing these challenges may vary but what they have in common is that they need to measure and assess the impact of their efforts.
How do we assess the progress being made towards addressing these issues? How do we adjust and adapt our efforts in the light of changing circumstances and social learning? What kind of institutional environments support and encourage the forms of evaluation and learning that allow agencies to respond to uncertainty and complexity?

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Wednesday 16 Mar, 2016
8:00AM
Registration

Arrival tea & coffee available

9:00AM
Plenary

Welcome to Country

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

Liz Gillies, Chris Roche

9:35AM
Plenary - Key Note

Michael Quinn Patton will join via Skype from the US

Michael Quinn Patton, Janet Clinton

10:35AM
Morning Tea
11:00AM
Plenary - Facilitated Q&A

Facilitated Q&A session with Michael Quinn Patton

Michael Quinn Patton, Janet Clinton

11:30AM
Plenary: A response from Australian evaluators and practice leaders

A panel chaired by Dr Tim Moore with leading Australian evaluators and practitioners responding to Michael Quinn Patton and asking "What do we need in Australia to take this to the next level?"

Dr Tim Moore, David Lilley, Dr Jessica Dart, Janet Clinton, Lauren Heery

12:15PM
Lunch
1:30PM
Break out sessions
1. How do I start? Expectation management – scope & approach of evaluationMawby

Mark Cabaj

2. Participatory evaluation – representation, voices, co-design of evaluation processes. Cohen

Jen Riley

3. Building a learning culture with creative communications and alternative feedback loops Plenary Theatre

Zoe Dawkins

4. Beyond indicators - how do we know we are making progress? Rio Tinto

Bethany Davies

2:45PM
Afternoon Tea
3:15PM
Plenary - Learning from the international field

Two case studies

Mark Cabaj

4:15PM
Plenary Panel

A panel with Liz Gillies in dialog with those that commission evaluation work in a developmental evaluation context.

Liz Gillies, Carolyn Chernov , Matthew James, Robert Kennedy, Dr Annemarie Wright

5:00PM
Close with thanks
5:30PM
Conference cocktails
7:00PM to 10:00PM
Please note: the optional Conference Dinner has been cancelled
Thursday 17 Mar, 2016
8:00AM
Registration
9:00AM
Plenary - Welcome and framing Day 2

Liz Gillies, Chris Roche

9:15AM
Plenary - Australian case studies

Central Lands Council
Stronger Smarter Institute

Dr Jessica Dart, Linda Kelly

10:15AM
Morning Tea
10:45AM
Breakout Sessions

based on participants' highest learning needs from Day 1 of the conference

Priority learning area #1
Priority learning area #2
Priority learning area #3
Priority learning area #4
11:45AM
Wisdom expo & networking

Conference participants sharing their approaches, methods, techniques or tools in a structured peer learning session.

12:45PM
Lunch
1:30PM
Case consultation

2 participants will bring their ‘case’ of evaluating progress and impact in a complex problem and seek ‘live’ advice through a structured case clinic process.

Australian Futures Project with Liz Skelton in Cohen
Empowered Communities with Kerry Graham in Mawby

2:30PM
Group learning session

Facilitated group discussions to apply learning to your context

3:00PM
Plenary panel: how do you create the authorizing environment for this work?

Mark Cabaj, Chris Roche, Liz Skelton, Matthew James, Kellie Horton

3:50PM to 4:00PM
Close and thanks
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