Support for emerging Indigenous evaluators at AES 2017

BetterEvaluation team's picture 4th July 2017 by BetterEvaluation team

We're delighted to be able to share the news that the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) has extended the deadline for the Emerging Indigenous Evaluators Support Grants for the AES17 International Evaluation Conference and workshops in Canberra.

Applications are now due on July 11, 2017.

With the support of sponsoring organisations and donations from delegates, the AES offers a number of Conference Support Grants to assist emerging Indigenous evaluators. In 2017, at least five places are reserved for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who meet the application criteria.

The grants cover conference attendance and workshop registration fees. Support is also available to cover travel and accommodation expenses. The aim of the grants is to increase the number of Indigenous evaluators attending the conference and to strengthen their evaluation capacities and networks.

A note from the AES about the grants:

The theme of this year’s conference is Evaluation Capital ...we encourage you to consider what this theme means for your unique context. The conference and workshops are being held in Canberra from 3–7 September. Delegates can expect an inspiring learning experience from a program of renowned international and national speakers, as well as networking opportunities and practical skills development at high quality pre-conference workshops.

We are connected to everything else and the proof of that is being alive. Being alive connects you to every other living thing that's around you. Your spirit, your psychic, your physical, your mental... you're all connected with other living forms. You're never lost and you're never ever alone. You're one with everything else that there is there. The oneness. The completeness of the oneness.
–Tjilpi Bob Randall, Anangu Elder

The above quote serves to remind us that as evaluators the work that we do is significant not only for those who commission our work, but more importantly for the communities, the people, who are affected by our findings, and the decisions that transpire, based on these findings.

Full details of the conference can be found on the AES website.

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.

Benefits to grant recipients include professional development, increased knowledge, understanding and capacities in evaluation, stronger professional networks, and increased encouragement and confidence.

As a previous grant recipient commented:

... I have gained a greater understanding of what is going on in world of evaluation. I liked hearing about the different perspectives on developing evaluation as a discipline. Coming away with practical tools I can use but also being able to offer some ideas and thoughts with a level of confidence about what is possible in the way we carry out evaluation here in the Cook Islands and the way we can develop evaluation as a means to determining what works, why and what has been achieved. ... Making connections with a range of people that I have been able to subsequently share resources with since the conference, has also been a benefit.

Download a grant application kit here.

Sharon Clarke, Convenor of the Conference Support Grants Committee
Lyn Alderman, President, Australasian Evaluation Society​

What next?

If you are an emerging Indigenous evaluator, we'd really encourage you to consider applying. Previous grant recipients have given very positive feedback on the benefits and opportunities that these grants have provided, which you can read about here. More information about eligibility, applying and how to get assistance and advice on completing your application can be found on the conference website.

We'd also encourage the BetterEvaluation community to consider sharing information about these grants with your networks. 



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