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Wednesday, September 18 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Peer Assessment as a step toward professionalisation

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Sue Leahy (ARTD Consultants), Helen Simons FAcSS FRSA (University of Southampton), Delyth Lloyd (Department of Health and Human Services )

Evaluators around the world are seeking to identify the unique set of skills needed to successfully practice evaluation and professionalise our work, through systematic approaches to training and in some cases, credentialing schemes. In Australia, we have been supported to develop as evaluation practitioners through conferences, training programs and resources, such as the Australian Evaluation Society (AES) competency framework and guidelines for ethical practice. But in other respects, our journey toward professionalisation is in its infancy and there is an appetite for more structured pathways to support peoples' professional journeys into and within the evaluation sector. In some countries evaluators have been trialing self and peer assessment schemes to help structure learning and offer professional development support. This paper showcases the experience of the United Kingdom Evaluation Society (UKES) in piloting its Voluntary Evaluator Peer Review System (VEPR). It involves a videoconference link with the convenor of the UKES Professionalisation subgroup and a facilitated question and answer session that will allow participants to explore the implementation of the UK peer assessment process. This makes a strong link to the Society's capabilities framework and informs future training. Reflections and learnings from the session will be provided to the AES to inform the possible development of a peer-assessment scheme in Australia.

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Lee-Anne Molony

Director, Clear Horizon
Principled-focused evaluation Evaluating place-based approachesOrg level evaluation frameworks

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Sue Leahy

Managing Director, ARTD Consultants
Sue is an accomplished evaluator, policy analyst and facilitator and managing Principal at ARTD, a leading evaluation and public policy company based in NSW. She joined ARTD in 2009 from the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, where she managed a wide-ranging program... Read More →
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Delyth Lloyd

Manager, Centre for Evaluation and Research Evidence, Department of Health, Vic
This year I'll be chasing interesting new ideas in capacity building, competncies, and facilitation. You'll find me on a quest to up my game in systems thinking, eval theory and methods, and pondering the intersection between rigour and pragmatic evaluation.
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Professor Helen Simons FAcSS, FRSA

Professor of Evaluation and Education | Council member and Convenor of Professionalization subgroup of UK Evaluation Society, University of Southampton
I am a founder member of the United Kingdom Evaluation Society, a Council member since its inception and currently convenor of the Professionalization subgroup of the Society. This has four strands - Ethics, Evaluation Capabilities, Voluntary Evaluator Peer Review (VEPR) and Evaluation... Read More →

Wednesday September 18, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm AEST