Conference theme: transformations

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.

HOST CITY AND VENUES

See you in Launceston / Tasmania
Launceston is a vibrant hub for food and wine, culture and nature. It is one of Australia's oldest cities full of elegant Colonial and Victorian architecture and century-old parks. Just a short walk from the city centre, Cataract Gorge is a slice of wilderness right in the heart of town. From Launceston, follow the Tamar River north through Tasmania's premium wine-growing region, past forested hills and farmland, lavender fields, vineyards and orchards. Picturesque historic villages are found on the outskirts of Launceston and along the Heritage Highway south. And then there is the rest of Tasmania to explore – all in driving distance.
Conference support for emerging Indigenous evaluators
Every year the AES invites applications from emerging Indigenous evaluators from across the Australasian and Pacific region for support to participate in the AES Annual International Conference. These grants support Indigenous evaluators to participate in strengthening the knowledge base of the evaluation sector and to further develop their own capacities in evaluation with Indigenous people and communities.
We are excited to announce that the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet have already pledged their support for 2018.
Please promote this scheme within your networks. Applications open March 2018. For more information email aes@aes.asn.au