The theme of the conference is Evaluation Capital. While hinting at the national capital location (Canberra), the conference theme highlights two important ideas: evaluation is a durable asset for sound governance; and the inherently political nature of evaluation.
Richard Weston, CEO, Healing Foundation, building a theory of change that values both Indigenous cultural knowledge and the international evidence base on trauma,
Dugan Fraser, Reith Foundation, exploring how evaluation can help deepen democracy and build stronger institutions
Sandra Mathison, Institute for Public Education, on the potential and limits of evaluation to support democratice ideals and promote justice
Andy Rowe, developer of the Rapid Impact Evaluation method, used by federal agencies in the USA and Canada
Gill Westhorp, international expert in realist evaluations and realist synthesis of evidence which seek to understand what works for whom in what situations