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Wednesday, September 18 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
A fundamental choice: Internal or external evaluation capacity building? Or a bit of both?

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Vanessa Hood (Rooftop Social), Liam Downing (NSW Department of Education and Training)

Who is best placed to build the evaluation capacity of an organisation - internal staff members or external consultants?  Or a combination? How do you make the decision about what will be best for your organisation?  If you've ever contemplated these questions, then this interactive session is for you.

During the session, the facilitators will share the reality of their experiences in internal and external evaluation capacity building (ECB) roles - the pros and cons, the similarities and differences, the different approaches they've tried (hint, it's not all about running a good workshop!)

Participants will also be encouraged to share their experience around ECB decision making in their context. As a group, we will pull apart how decisions are made in this space.

We will collaboratively develop a 'decision tree' that can be used to support the decision-making process. The facilitators will use creative processes that allow participants to interact with each other and contribute to their ideas.

The outputs of the session, including the draft decision tree, will sent to participants afterwards. For those who wish to remain engaged, a follow-up Adobe Connect session will be offered to finalise the model and then it will be distributed to the AES Evaluation Capacity Building Special Interest Group (AES ECB SIG).

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Kerrie Ikin

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, UNE Business School, University of New England
Dr Kerrie Ikin FACEKerrie began her career as a teacher and executive member in government schools across New South Wales, Australia. For over 25 years she worked at the systems level of the education department as a director of schools, senior policy adviser, and senior administrator... Read More →

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Vanessa Hood

Associate Director, Rooftop Social
I've been working as a facilitator and evaluator for over 20 years, in a wide range of contexts, including horticulture, sustainability and financial literacy. Duncan Rintoul and I run Rooftop Social, which provides consulting services in evaluation, social research, facilitation... Read More →
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Liam Downing

Manager, Evaluation and Data, Quality Teaching Practice, NSW Department of Education
Liam is an experienced and impactful evaluation leader, with 17+ years of experience. He is focused on ensuring that evaluation is rigorous in its design, meaningful in informing next steps, and driven by building the capacity of as many people as possible to engage deeply in evaluative... Read More →

Wednesday September 18, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm AEST