Michael Quinn Patton

Independent Evaluation Consultant, Minnesota, USA

Michael is an independent evaluation consultant based in Minnesota, USA. He is former President of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and author of eight major evaluation books including fourth editions of Utilization-Focused Evaluation and Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods used in over 500 universities worldwide. He has also authored books on Practical Evaluation, Creative Evaluation, and Developmental Evaluation: Applying Systems Thinking and Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use. He co-authored a book on the dynamics of social innovation and transformation with two Canadians entitled Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed. He is recipient of the Myrdal Award for Outstanding Contributions to Useful and Practical Evaluation Practice, the Lazarsfeld Award for Lifelong Contributions to Evaluation Theory, and the 2017 Research on Evaluation Award, all from AEA. He regularly conducts training for The Evaluators’ Institute and the International Program for Development Evaluation Training. His latest books are Principles-Focused Evaluation (2018) and Facilitating Evaluation: Principles in Practice (Sage Publications, 2018). He is currently working on a book on Blue Marble Evaluation for Global Systems Transformation.

Penny Hagen

Design Strategist and Participatory Design Coach, Auckland

Penny assists organisations and teams to apply co-design and design-led approaches to the design and implementation of strategy, programs, policies and services. She specialises in projects with social outcomes and supports capability building with teams and organisations wanting to increase their social impact through the adoption of more participatory and evaluative approaches.

Penny has supported cross sector teams and communities in Australia and New Zealand responding to complex social issues including youth employment, youth mental health and wellbeing, chronic health conditions and family violence. Penny has a PhD in participatory design and much of her work involves the integration of different disciplines such as health, design and evaluation to increase impact around social outcomes.

Penny has worked with organisations such as the Young and Well CRC in Australia, developing a framework to integrate Participatory Design and traditional evidence-based approaches for the design of mental health interventions for young people. She also worked with Lifehack in New Zealand supporting the development of a design and evaluation model for innovation in youth wellbeing. She is currently Co-design Lead at the Auckland Co-design Lab, helping to build co-design and social innovation capacity across public service and community teams.

Karol Olejniczak

Assistant Professor, University of Warsaw, Centre for European Regional and Local Studies (EUROREG UW), Warsaw, Poland

Karol Olejniczak is an Assistant Professor of public policy at EUROREG - University of Warsaw, Poland, and a visiting scholar at The George Washington University, Washington D.C. He is also a co-founder of policy research company Evaluation for Government Organization (EGO s.c.).

His research interests focus on knowledge brokering, and the application of games and behavioral insights to program evaluation. He is an author of a number of publications on regional policy, methodology of evaluation and organizational learning. He has been conducting comparative public policy research in the US, the Netherlands, UK and Poland. He has executed a number of evaluations and policy analyses for Polish institutions and the European Commission.

In 2014, Karol received the title of Evaluation Leader of Poland, an award granted by the Polish government on the 10th anniversary of Polish membership in the European Union. In 2016, he received the University of Warsaw Award for Excellence in Teaching Social Science.