CEF: Engaging with External Evaluators - Complementary Perspectives

There is increasing pressure on policy makers and program managers to accurately and impartially evaluate the impacts of policy on Australia’s prosperity and wellbeing. Getting the right evaluation skills at the right time engaged on the right problem is a key challenge which is navigated by both Government and its private sector partners.In this session the Canberra Evaluation Forum is pleased to invite a panel of speakers to discuss some of the important practical questions about working together on evaluations.

  • In what circumstances do you conduct evaluations internally versus externally?
  • What do agency/ departmental representatives think about when procuring an external evaluator?
  • What do departmental reps and external providers see as essential ingredients for working with external evaluators and /or managing external evaluation projects?
  • What should departments ideally have thought about when approaching external evaluators?
  • How does the product and impact of an external evaluation differ from an internal one?

We welcome three speakers to our panel for this event.

Alex Foulds
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development 
Executive Director, Surface Transport Policy Division

Alex Foulds is currently Executive Director of Surface Transport Policy Division in the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. He is responsible for progressing the Australian Government’s national reforms in surface transport policy and regulation, and road safety. He is also responsible for the design standards for all classes of vehicles, new and used, for import into Australia.

Kim Gray
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Senior Advisor

Kim Grey is a Senior Advisor in the Information and Evaluation Branch, Indigenous Affairs Group, in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Kim has over 20 years’ experience designing and commissioning evaluations, ranging across impact, participatory and theory-based and realist approaches.

James Wunsch
Colmar Brunton
Research Director

James has more than 18 years’ experience conducting research and evaluation projects across the government and NGO sector. He has been employed as a Research Director for Colmar Brunton for the past 8 years. Since being employed in the private sector he has forged a career in consulting to government at all levels, conducting research and evaluation projects across policy, service delivery, program/project and communication domains.

Thursday, 15 June 2017
8.45am for 9.00am to 10.30am

Department of Finance
One Canberra Avenue, Forrest
Corner Canberra Avenue and National Circuit
All meetings will be held in the ground floor meeting room – look out for the IPAA banner.

No charge for corporate and individual members
$100 for non-members

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