AES Conference Support Grants

Eligible evaluators wishing to attend the Australasian Evaluation Society Conference in August/September (in Wellington, New Zealand) may want to check out the following opportunity for funding to help them attend:

The Australasian Evaluation Society is pleased to invite emerging Indigenous evaluators from Australia and New Zealand and emerging evaluators from South East Asia and

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How to spot a ‘lip service’ approach to culturally responsive evaluation (a checklist for evaluation clients)

So you’ve put out an RFP for an evaluation of a policy, program or initiative intended to serve and effect positive change in a “minority” community. All the proposals look terribly impressive, and they all include “cultural experts” on the evaluation team. How can you distinguish the proposals that show a clear understanding of what it takes to do effective and culturally responsive evaluations from those that merely pay ‘lip service’ to cultural competence?

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Culture – insiders’ and outsiders’ insights – and genuine evaluation

One great area of interest for me is the study of organizational culture and organizational culture change. I’d like to present a few ideas from that area and see how they apply to the concept of culture more generally. And, how these insights might be able to drive us closer to genuine evaluation. What mix of ‘insiders’ and ‘outsiders’ can provide rich insights into what really matters and help surface important undiscussables?

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Working across the cultural divide in evaluation: roles, challenges and benefits

Working across the cultural divide in evaluation: What are the roles, challenges, and benefits for evaluators working in diverse cultural contexts and settings?

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Our first celebrity guest blogger!

Genuine Evaluation is a tough standard. It’s methodologically, practically, and politically challenging at every turn. We don’t claim to achieve it in every piece of work we do, nor do we think we have a monopoly on useful ideas for getting closer to our goal. One of the things we try to do whenever possible is to get a burst of fresh thinking from some of the planet’s most experienced and insightful evaluators. That is the intent of our ‘celebrity guest blogger’ series. For the next week or so, we are delighted to bring you one of the southern hemisphere’s top evaluators …

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