CALL FOR CONFERENCE PRESENTATION AND PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP PROPOSALS
Whatever your role, interest and experience in evaluation we invite you to submit a proposal for a conference presentation or pre-conference workshop and join us in Perth to debate, discuss, share knowledge and experiences, network and learn about what is happening in evaluation, and evaluation-related fields, in the Australasian region and across the world.
The theme of 2016's Conference is Landscapes
Western Australia is the largest state in Australia and the second-largest country subdivision in the world. It occupies the entire western third of Australia, from the Timor Sea in the north, through the Indian Ocean to the west, and the Southern Ocean in the south. As such, it is characterised by vast distances and incredibly diverse landscapes. However, the diversity of Western Australia is not restricted to the natural or built environment. Like most other regions; culturally, socially, organisationally, politically and economically, Western Australia is a land of multiplicity and almost constant change.
The 2016 Australasian Evaluation Society Conference will invite delegates to reflect on what diversity and change in social, cultural, organisational, environmental, political and economic landscapes means for evaluation and evaluators. It will consider how we work within and between those landscapes, what impact our work has on them (both positive and negative), and how we respond to changes in their terrain (particularly those changes that we create). It will also consider how the diversity of the landscapes we work in and their changing features has shaped our past evaluation practices, contributed to the practices we currently use, and how it could influence evaluation practices of the future. This discussion will include consideration of changing technological landscapes.
At the 2016 conference we are asking for proposals that contribute to the following conference themes:
Social and Cultural Landscapes
Organisational, Political and Economic Landscapes
Natural and Built Landscapes
We welcome proposals that speak to the diversity of contexts evaluators work in--arts and culture, corporate social responsibility, market research, community and workplace safety, education reform, health and wellbeing, Indigenous environments, international development, natural resource management, organisational development, poverty, refugee assistance, and more.
The conference will be held in Perth, Australia from 19 to 21 September 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Perth. The conference will be preceded by two days of pre-conference workshops on 17 and 18 September atThe University of Western Australia.
Proposal submission deadline
The deadline to submit pre-conference workshop proposals is 27 February 2016.
The deadline to submit conference proposals is 5 March 2016.
We invite you to submit a proposal for delivering a presentation at the conference and/or pre-conference workshop. For more information about the conference and the submission process, go tohttp://conference2016.aes.asn.au/
Interested in reviewing conference proposals?
We are seeking your assistance to review the conference proposals. The call for conference proposals closes on5 March 2016. The Program Committee is looking to allocate proposals for review in mid March 2016. The deadline for the review process is 16 April 2016.
This year's conference proposals review will be a double-blind process. This means that author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. The review process is fully automated and anonymous. You will be provided with instructions to guide your review and an online assessment form which will need to be completed. Reviewer's names will be published in the conference abstract book. If you are interested, please register here.
Keynote speaker profiles:
Social and Cultural Landscapes
Victoria (Vickie) Hovane
Victoria Hovane is an Aboriginal woman from Broome in the Kimberley region of WA.
Vickie is an experienced consultant and practitioner with a background in psychology, having worked in a number of social welfare, legal, victim and offender services, research projects and advisory roles over the past 30 years. Vickie is the Managing Director of Tjallara Consulting Pty Ltd and she has been appointed as a member of the COAG Advisory Panel on Preventing Violence against Women and their Children, and as an Independent Director on the Board of Australia's National Research Organisation on Women's Safety (ANROWS). She is also a member of the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Advisory Group, the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Leadership Forum, and the Advisory Panel to the WA Parliamentary Commissioner for Administrative Investigations FDV Fatality Review Committee. Recent roles have been as Co-Chairperson of the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association, and Member of the WA Mental Health Advisory Council.
Vickie has a particular interest in evaluation in Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal concepts of program/service/strategy success.
In keeping with his academic interests in knowledge utilization, John Owen is committed to evaluation strategies that promote change and improvement in policy and program delivery. He is of the view that commissioned evaluations should respond to the knowledge needs of decision makers in government and industry, a view that has formed the basis of over 40 evaluative investigations he has undertaken over the past two decades.
He was awarded the ETS prize for outstanding contributions to evaluation by the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES), and was made a Fellow of the Society in 2003. He was awarded a Universitas21 Scholarship by Melbourne University for outstanding leadership in teaching and led a team that developed an innovative post-graduate training program in evaluation on the internet, which now caters for students from across Australasia and overseas.
He is a regular contributor to journals and at international evaluation conferences in Australia and overseas. His book: Program Evaluation: Forms and Approaches provides an integrated framework to evaluation theory and practice that has had favourable reviews worldwide. A third edition was published in Australasia in 2006 and was released in the USA through Guildford Press. The book has been translated into several languages.
John has an Honours degree in physics from Melbourne University and a PhD from Monash University. He continues to be interested in the adoption of scientific and technical innovations and the measurement of their impact.
Early bird conference registrations open 8 February 2016.
Carina Calzoni and Kylie Dalling
Conference Program Committee Chair