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Monday, September 16 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Harnessing the power of co - practical tips

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Jade Maloney (ARTD)

In the disability sector, there is growing advocacy for the philosophy of 'nothing about us without us', while in the mental health sector, peer delivery and peer research are important. Recognising the rights of people with lived experience to influence the policies and programs that affect their lives, organisations have turned to co-design, co-production and co-delivery.

As evaluators, we need not only to evolve our methodologies to appropriately assess these ways of working, but to ensure our approaches uphold the philosophy. That is, to ensure we recognise the expertise of people with lived experience and engage them in our processes.

To do this, we need to challenge traditional power dynamics that come with the concept of evaluator as expert outsider. We can draw from the toolboxes of collaborative, participatory and empowerment evaluation, as well as design. But when is it right to use each of these approaches? What do they look like in practice across the stages of an evaluation? And what can you do to engage genuinely when you have limited time and are working with geographical, cultural and communications differences?
This presentation provides practical ideas for harnessing the power of co in different contexts from projects with organisations working with people with autism, dementia, psychosocial disability and intellectual disability, across locations and cultures. Our ideas cover the design, data collection, analysis and interpretation, and reporting phases, with options for when you have years versus weeks or days. We also identify considerations for accessibility and inclusion, and lessons we have learned the hard way.

The examples illustrate the value that lived experience has brought to our practice, and what we have had to bring to make this possible. For evaluation to be a gift - the exchange must be two way - we must receive as well as give.

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James Smith

Father Frank Flynn Fellow and Professor of Harm Minimisation, Menzies School of Health Research
James is the Father Frank Flynn Fellow and Professor of Harm Minimisation at Menzies School of Health Research - with much of his work sitting at the health/education nexus. Previous to this role he was a 2017 Equity Fellow with the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education... Read More →

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Jade Maloney

Partner & Managing Director, ARTD Consultants
I work with government agencies, not-for-profits and citizens to co-design, refine, communicate and evaluate social policies, regulatory systems and programs. I am passionate about ensuring citizens have a voice in shaping the policies that affect their lives, translating research... Read More →
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Alexandra Lorigan

Senior Consultant, ARTD Consultants
Alexandra supports evaluations and reviews in areas of complex social policy, most commonly in the mental health and disability sectors. She is passionate about building social inclusion through initiatives that support or build the capacity of people with lived experience, their... Read More →

Monday September 16, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm AEST