2011 Australasian Evaluation Society Conference Support Grants for emerging Indigenous evaluators

The AES is providing grants for emerging Indigenous evaluators to meet the partial or full costs of attendance at the 2011 conference where the financial constraints may prevent participation.  The ultimate goal and vision of these grants is to increase the number of Indigenous evaluators in the Australasian area and to strengthen their evaluation capacities.

Testimonials from previous grant recipients about the significant benefits and opportunities that the grants have given them can be found at http://www.aes2011.com.au/rego-grants.asp

How you can help

The AES is asking if evaluators, evaluation commissioners, and program funders can support this initiative. Please see if you can:

  • · Promote the conference to Indigenous evaluators.
  • · Encourage eligible emerging Indigenous evaluators to apply for a conference support grant.
  • · Provide some mentoring and support to grant applicants (the AES will also provide some support with preparing applications).
  • · Sponsor or part-sponsor an Indigenous evaluator to attend – sponsors will be acknowledged in the official program, on the AES conference website and in other promotional materials.

Eligibility

The grants are open to emerging evaluators in the following groups:

  • · Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in Australia
  • · Maori living in Aotearoa / New Zealand
  • · Pacific Island peoples (including those living in Aotearoa / New Zealand and PNG)
  • · Native East Timorese people.

At least one grant will be reserved for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander who meets the support grant criteria. Conference places will be offered to Indigenous evaluators with some experience in evaluation who:

  • · have demonstrated their interest in and commitment to evaluation;
  • · aim to strengthen their own evaluation capacity; and
  • · can potentially contribute to the wider development of Indigenous evaluation capacity.

Key dates:

Requests for assistance with preparing the application must be received by 13 May 2011 Applications close and must be received by 27 May 2011 Applicants will be notified by 24 June 2011 Further information, as well as the application form and the selection criteria, is available at http://www.aes2011.com.au/rego-grants.asp

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