Information for delegates, presenters and chairs

Conference venue
Conference and workshop venue

Hotel Grand Chancellor
29 Cameron St, Launceston

Welcome reception
Welcome reception

Penny Royal Wine Bar and Restaurant
1 Bridge Road, Launceston
Tuesday 18 September, 6–8pm, open to all delegates

Gala Awards Dinner

Albert Hall
47 Tamar St, Launceston
Evening of Wednesday 19 September. Open to all three-day conference delegates.

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.
Leader and facilitator of Cultural Respect and Safety training, South Australia
Managing Director and Principal Consultant, beyond..., South Australia
Independent Evaluation Consultant, Minnesota, USA
Design Strategist & Participatory Design Coach; Co-design Lead, Auckland Co-design Lab
Assistant Professor, University of Warsaw, EUROREG, Poland
Director, The Knowledge Institute Ltd, New Zealand


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

Support the participation of Emerging Indigenous Evaluators in the conference
Upon registration, each delegate will have the opportunity to choose a ticket extra as a donation to support the participation of Emerging Indigenous Evaluators in the conference. There are additional ways you can support the program.