The conference will focus on transformations in diversity and power, digital innovation, big data and user-centred design, systems and capability and mindsets.
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.
We invite you to explore this changing context and what it might mean for you and the areas in which you work with our aes2018 conference theme: transformations.
As we explore what these transformations mean for the role of evaluation and evaluators, we hope to equip you with new questions, networks and ways of thinking. Join us in helping shape the future of evaluation in this changing context.