3 & 4 May 2018
Melbourne Business School
Across Australia – and beyond – governments, businesses and social change leaders are developing a new narrative and set of skills to tackle complex challenges. Regardless of the interests and power of various actors engaged in addressing these challenges, what they all have in common is that they need to measure and assess the impact of their efforts.
How do we assess the progress being made towards making change in complexity? How do we adjust and adapt our efforts in the light of changing context and the things we learn? What kind of institutional environments support and encourage the forms of evaluation and learning that allow agencies to respond to uncertainty and complexity?
You should register for this conference if you are looking for:
- ways to better understand the complex problem on which you are seeking to make an impact
- how to develop insights through the learning generated by interventions to deepen stakeholder understanding of the problem
- methods, approaches, techniques, tools for evaluating the strategies and interventions you are using
- examples of and inspiration about how to create the enabling conditions for this type of evaluation.
This conference is brought to you by:
You should come to this conference if you:
- are a data manager or evaluator within a collaboration or project addressing a complex challenge
- are an external evaluator engaged to evaluate progress or impact of a collaboration or project addressing a complex challenge,
or if you
- commission evaluations of collaborations, interventions or projects that are seeking to address a complex challenge.
Jess Dart, Clear Horizon (2016) and now co-convenor of the 2018 Complexity & Evaluation Conference
Nicole Breeze, UNICEF (2016)
Early bird ticket price (4 weeks ahead of Conference)
- Early Bird = $900 +GST
- Standard = $1000 +GST
Mark Cabaj, Here to There Consulting
Mark Cabaj (Canada) is President of the consulting company From Here to There and an Associate of Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement.
While studying the Solidarity movement in Krakow, Poland, in mid-1989, Mark experienced a variety of tumultuous events that signalled the end of communism in Eastern Europe. He could not help but stay to experience the rebirth of the region and worked as an investment advisor in Poland’s foreign investment agency, the Foreign Assistance Coordinator for Grants in the new Ministry of Privatization, and the mission coordinator for the creation of the United Nations Development Program’s first regional economic development initiative in Eastern Europe.
Back in Canada, Mark was the Coordinator of the Waterloo Region’s Opportunities 2000 project (1997-2000), an initiative that won provincial, national and international awards for its multi-sector approach to poverty reduction. He served briefly as the Executive Director of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) in 2001. From 2002 to 2011, he was Vice President of the Tamarack Institute and the Executive Director of Vibrant Communities Canada.
Mark’s current focus is on developing practical ways to understand, plan and evaluate efforts to address complex issues. This includes challenges such as neighborhood renewal, poverty and homelessness, community safety, educational achievement and health. He is particularly involved in building the practice of developmental evaluation, a new approach to assessment which emphasizes real time feedback and learning in emerging, messy and sometimes fast-moving environments.
Kerry Graham, Collaboration for Impact
Kerry Graham is a Director at Collaboration for Impact – Australia’s leading organisation for enabling people to tackle big, tough problems and create large-scale impact through collaboration.
Kerry has worked in social change for over 20 years. She has held executive roles within national non-profit organisations (Inspire Foundation CEO; Good Beginnings Australia, COO); and advised governments on social policy (Australian Social Inclusion Board, NSW Treasurer’s Advisory Body). She holds qualifications in public policy, law, social work and community management. Kerry is a Director of Collaboration for Impact – the national learning organisation and community of practice for systems change. She consults to communities, corporations, governments and non-profit organisations on collaboration and innovation in social change and lecturers on collaborative practice with Centre for Social Impact. Her purpose is to evolve the way social change happens in Australia for the benefit of young people.
Dr Jess Dart, Clear Horizon
Inventor of practical methodologies and highly demanded facilitator, Jess loves complexity, helping her clients to become clear about their desired outcomes and how to get there.
With a PhD in evaluation, Jess has over 25 years of involvement in evaluating and designing social change programs in Australia and overseas.
Jess is passionate about developing and designing real world methods and process for both program design and evaluation. After completing her PhD she co-authored the Most Significant Change (MSC) guide alongside Dr Rick Davies – which is now translated into 12 different languages. The latest innovation by Jess, Collaborative Outcomes Reporting (COR), is a collaborative form of impact evaluation.
Kate McKegg, Developmental Evaluation Institute
Kate McKegg has specialist skills in developmental evaluation as well as policy and program evaluation, evaluation capacity building, research, teaching, training and facilitation. She has 20 years experience applying these skills in many sectors, including environment, education, health, social development, Māori and indigenous development, sport, broadcasting, employment, and housing. She is a founding member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA), and is the current deputy convenor. Kate has a unique blend of grounded evaluation, research and policy experience, coupled with a strong theoretical grounding in social, political and evaluation theory.