Making it stick 1

Date and time: Wednesday 9th November AND Wednesday 16th November 2022, 9.30am to 1.00pm AEDT (registration from 9.15am). Registrants are to attend both sessions. (full day workshop - 2 sessions)

Venue: Via Zoom. Details will be emailed to registrants just prior to the workshop start time

Facilitator: Dr. Samantha Abbato

Register online by: 7 November 2022. Spaces limited to 25 participants

Fees (GST inclusive): Members $260, Organisational member staff $375, Non-members $425, Student member $125, Student non-member $210*
 * Students must send proof of their full-time student status to  

Workshop Overview

Evaluation is important for identifying if a project, program or other initiative has made a difference, achieved intended goals, and how it can be improved. But evaluation takes time, energy, and resources, and the reality is that many evaluations are not used or are misused (Patton, 2015). Assessing the usefulness, readiness, and timing for an initiative (“evaluand”) to be evaluated before you start can provide valuable information for resource allocation, program improvement and evaluation planning.

The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to start effectively assessing the evaluability of programs and other initiatives. Simple to use tools, templates, checklists, and techniques from a range of areas including evaluation, systems thinking, and change management will be introduced. Throughout this practical workshop, participants will be supported in working on the evaluability assessment of their own initiatives through the completion of applied activities, presentations, and group discussions.

Workshop Content

Participants will learn how to determine evaluation readiness, time evaluability assessment and evaluation, and identify practical strategies to increase the evaluability of a project, program or other initiatives. Using tools, templates, and checklists they will practice across 3 areas of readiness – 1. Evaluand, 2. People, 3. Infrastructure.

  • Evaluand: Using tools for preparing and assessing the health and readiness of evaluands
  • People: Recognition of the roles, relationships, and readiness of program staff, stakeholders, evaluation users.
  • Resources and infrastructure: Access to adequate resources to implement and sustain evaluation, including data availability, supporting policies, procedures, and infrastructure.

Workshop Outcomes

Workshop learning outcomes include:

  • Knowledge of three major areas of evaluation readiness (evaluand, people, infrastructure)
  • Ability to use checklists to identify strengths, weaknesses, uncertainties, gaps and priorities for evaluation readiness
  • Ability to apply strategies to assess and improve the health of an evaluand

PL competencies

This workshop aligns with competencies in the [resources/evaluator-competencies.html]AES Evaluator’s Professional Learning Competency Framework.  The identified domains are:

  • Domain 1 – Evaluative attitude and professional practice
  • Domain 2 – Theoretical foundations
  • Domain 3 – Culture, stakeholders and context
  • Domain 5 – Project management
  • Domain 6 – Interpersonal skills
  • Domain 7 – Evaluation activities

Who should attend?

This workshop is designed for professionals who commission or conduct evaluations. Beginners and those new to evaluation will also benefit as well as those at Intermediate level.

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About the facilitator

Dr Samantha Abbato - Director of Visual Insights People, a transdisciplinary consortium of professionals which includes: a videographer, a graphic designer, a systems-thinker, an organisational psychologist, character developer, and a virtual reality practitioner. With a passion for communication and maximising evaluation use, she is able to offer a wealth of case studies of evaluation readiness assessment for projects, programs, organisations and partnerships.

Sam has more than twenty-five years of health and community sector experience and strong methodological expertise across a range of qualitative and quantitative disciplines, including public health, epidemiology, medical anthropology, biostatistics, and mathematics. She engages a utilisation-focused approach, mixed (qualitative and quantitative) methods, and evaluation case study and story for building evaluation capacity and making a difference in the health and community sectors.

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