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Evaluation Capital

While hinting at the national capital location, the 2017 conference theme Evaluation Capital captures two important but often neglected ideas in evaluation.

Firstly, evaluation is a durable asset for sound governance. That is, longevity and permanence should be built into our evaluation systems because societies with more evaluation capital are better off than those with less.

The second idea concerns the inherently political nature of evaluation, and that evaluation commissioners and practitioners must be sensitive to the effect of politics when making their evaluative choices.


  • Build systems
    Technical and organisational strategies and alliances to build evaluation systems and embed evaluation within and across organisations as durable assets of public value

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  • Use findings
    Realism and sensitivity to political processes and practical needs surrounding an evaluation to maximise the use of findings to enhance public policies and programs

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  • Insights from theory
    The centrality of building and testing theory to build enduring value for public policy

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  • Learn from practice
    Professional skills and reflective practice for enhancing evaluation capital

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  • Diverse identities
    Diversity and cultural inclusivity in evaluation theory, practice and use to enhance the value of public policies and programs

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Richard Weston
Chief Executive Officer, Healing Foundation
Dugan Fraser
Program Director, RAITH Foundation
Sandra Mathison
Professor of Education, University of British Columbia
Andy Rowe
Evaluation and economics consultant
Gill Westhorp
Professorial Research Fellow, Charles Darwin University
See you in Canberra
Canberra, situated inland from Australia's southeast coast, is surrounded by forest, farmland and nature reserves – thus its nickname, the "Bush Capital”. The city's focal point is Lake Burley Griffin, filled with sailboats and kayaks. On the lakeshore is the strikingly modern Parliament House, as well as a vast collection of museums, including the National Gallery, known for its indigenous art collections.
Support participation by Emerging Indigenous Evaluators

A NEW INITIATIVE: Upon registration, each delegate will have the opportunity to choose a ticket extra as a donation to support the participation of Emerging Indigenous Evaluators' participation in aes17 International Evaluation Conference in Canberra. The ticket extras for donating are available at the rate of $30, $50, and $150 (GST free). You can also choose to donate in multiples or combinations of these amounts.

This is a donation to the charitable organisation Australasian Evaluation Society Ltd who will use all of the donated funds to directly support Emerging Indigenous Evaluators to attend the conference. As its contribution, the Australasian Evaluation Society will waive registration fees for supported participants.

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