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AES International Evaluation Conference 2018

The Australasian Evaluation Society (AES)'s 2018 conference theme is: Transformations. Evaluation has never been more exciting, yet challenging. Our context is changing at a dizzying rate. The AES invites you to join them in Launceston, Tasmania, to explore the changing context of evaluation and what it might mean for you and the areas in which you work.

19th September, 2018 to 21st September, 2018
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Conference theme: Transformations.

Evaluation has never been more exciting, yet challenging. Our context is changing at a dizzying rate.

There is an ongoing and urgent need to move towards culturally safe, appropriate and relevant evaluations that contribute to better outcomes for Indigenous peoples. There is an increasing appetite from funders to explore how innovation can solve some of our most complex social and environmental challenges. Governments are embracing these new approaches and demanding real-time evidence of what is working. Philanthropy and not-for-profits are transforming too. At the same time, new players are doing the work traditionally associated with evaluation, in innovative ways, with access to more data than ever before. In this context, it is critical that evaluation transforms to remain relevant, meet the market and meaningfully contribute to the changing face of Australasia. You are invited to explore this changing context and what it might mean for you and the areas in which you work with the aes2018 conference theme: transformations. As delegates explore what these transformations mean for the role of evaluation and evaluators, the AES hopes to equip you with new questions, networks and ways of thinking. 


Registrations for the conference and pre-conference workshops are open. Take advantage of Early Bird discounts closing 6th July. The detailed draft program has been released and can be found online.

Conference support for emerging Indigenous evaluators

With the support of the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and sponsoring organisations, as well as donations from delegates, the AES is offering a number of Conference Support Grants to assist emerging Indigenous evaluators from the Australasian region to attend this year’s conference and workshops in Launceston, Tasmania. The grants cover conference attendance and workshop registration fees. Additional support may also be available to cover travel and accommodation expenses. The aim of the grants is to increase the number of Indigenous evaluators in the Australasian area and to strengthen their evaluation capacities.

Please promote this scheme within your networks. Applications close 2 July, 2018. For more information please visit the conference website.

See you in Launceston / Tasmania

Launceston is a vibrant hub for food and wine, culture and nature. It is one of Australia's oldest cities full of elegant Colonial and Victorian architecture and century-old parks. Just a short walk from the city centre, Cataract Gorge is a slice of wilderness right in the heart of town. From Launceston, follow the Tamar River north through Tasmania's premium wine-growing region, past forested hills and farmland, lavender fields, vineyards and orchards. Picturesque historic villages are found on the outskirts of Launceston and along the Heritage Highway south. And then there is the rest of Tasmania to explore – all in driving distance.  Venue details