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Practical Evaluation Capacity Building: Whose capacity to do what, why and how?

This one-day course is for anyone who has a role (or would like to develop a role) in evaluation capacity building, in government, the community sector or business. It is suitable for people who are just starting to design an evaluation capacity building approach, through to those who have a few years’ experience under their belt.

8th August, 2018
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Through a series of interactive and participatory exercises, you learn about:

  • Defining the need for evaluation capacity at different levels of an organisation (e.g. capacity to conduct evaluations vs. commission them vs. ensuring that findings are used).
  • Business systems and processes needed to support and evaluative thinking and practice in an organisation (e.g. data and project management systems).
  • Designing a successful professional learning program. This includes training, as well as various other other options to consider (e.g. coaching, peer mentoring, communities of practice).
  • Managing and governing evaluation capacity building programs, including the question of how to evaluate the ECB program itself.
  • Through the day, you will develop a plan that sets out your proposed approach to evaluation capacity building in your context. You can then start using (or at least consulting on) this plan immediately when you get back to your workplace.

You can expect facilitated group activities and practical examples to keep you awake and engaged throughout the day.

PL competencies

The skills delivered in this workshop align with 

  •   Domain 1 of the AES Evaluators’ Professional Learning Competency Framework: Evaluative Attitude and Professional Practice

About the facilitators

Vanessa Hood and Duncan Rintoul run Rooftop Social, a boutique research, evaluation and strategy firm that specialises in facilitation and capacity building. Both bring deep practical experience in designing and delivering evaluation capacity building programs in government and non-government organisations.

Vanessa has also worked extensively with NGOs in the financial counselling and financial literacy sectors. She used to be the evaluation lead at Sustainability Victoria, and spent much of 2017 as the Evaluation Fellow in the Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy. She also delivers the AES workshop on Facilitation for Evaluators.

Duncan has designed and delivered ECB programs in a range of government agencies, including the Centre for Road Safety (NSW), the NSW Department of Family and Community Services and the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. He is currently on contract in the NSW Department of Education as the Manager, Evaluation Capacity Building at the Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation.


Date and time: Wednesday 8th August, 9am to 5pm (registration from 8.30am)
Topic: Practical Evaluation Capacity Building: Whose capacity to do what, why and how?
Location: Melbourne CBD
Facilitators: Vanessa Hood and Duncan Rintoul, Rooftop Social
Register online by: Friday 3rd August 2018
Fees (GST inclusive): Members $440, Non-members $605, Student member $220, Student non-member $302.50