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Wednesday, September 18 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Value for Investment: unboxing a transdisciplinary approach to valuing

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Julian King (Julian King & Associates)

Value for money (VFM) is a challenge for evaluators. Today's governments and impact investors seek valid, convincing ways to understand the social, cultural and environmental value of their resource allocation decisions. Evaluation and economics share an interest in determining the quality and value of resource use - but there is a conundrum. On one hand, too few evaluators are confident in cost analysis and economic methods of evaluation. Conversely, too few economists realise that evaluative thinking offers complementary ways to understand value. This presentation shares a transdisciplinary 'Value for Investment' (VFI) approach. This practical, intuitive process uses evaluative reasoning and mixed methods (qualitative, quantitative, and economic). It offers evaluators new ways to uncover and communicate the value of social investments, supporting resource allocation decisions for a fairer and more sustainable future. Theory, practice and examples will be shared.

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Natalie Fisher

Director, NSF Consulting
I am an evaluation consultant with more than 15 years of experience working for clients predominantly in the arts and cultural sectors but also in environmental sustainability and human services. In 2017 I graduated with a Master of Evaluation from the University of Melbourne (First... Read More →

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Julian King

Director, Julian King & Associates
Julian specialises in evaluation and value for money. The Value for Investment evaluation system, developed through Julian’s doctoral research, combines evaluative and economic thinking to assess the quality, impact and value of policies and programs. Julian received the 2021 A... Read More →

Wednesday September 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am AEST