Sharon Gollan

Leader and facilitator of Cultural Respect and Safety training, South Australia

Sharon Gollan is a descendent of the Ngarrindjeri nation of South Australia, with family and cultural connections to many communities within and beyond South Australia. Sharon has worked professionally and academically in a range of human services fields in Australia. She has over forty years of experience in the health, youth, children and community services sector. Through her leadership positions within the public and non-government sectors she has gained extensive experience in the development, implementation and review of government programs, policies and initiatives. 

Sharon is well known for her work as a leader and facilitator of Cultural Respect and Safety training, which can lead to respectful partnerships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. As a result of working with Sharon over several years, work, one agency went from no Aboriginal people accessing their services to winning a State award for achieving a marked increase in access and respectful services for Aboriginal people.

Kathleen Stacey

Managing Director and Principal Consultant, beyond..., South Australia

Kathleen Stacey is the Managing Director and Principal Consultant at beyond... She spent her formative working years within the public sector and academia, before establishing and expanding beyond... into its current form. The company conducts consultancy, evaluation, research and training work in human services fields, with a specialist focus in health, education, youth, early childhood, mental health, and family and community support services. It has developed a strong reputation for culturally respectful work in Aboriginal programs and organisations, and has worked consistently and collegially with Aboriginal consultants since beyond…’s inception in 2000. beyond... specialises in: program design, planning, implementation and evaluation; organisational and service reviews; strategic and business planning; research; facilitation; and workforce and curriculum development, including development and delivery of training. Kathleen also co-facilitates Cultural Respect and Safety training in partnership with Sharon Gollan.


Michael Quinn Patton

Independent Evaluation Consultant, Minnesota, USA

Michael is delivering his keynote by video link, supported by expert facilitator, Kate McKegg

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; Co-design Lead, Auckland Co-design Lab, 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.


Kate McKegg

Director, The Knowledge Institute Ltd, New Zealand

Kate has worked in the fields of evaluation, evaluation capacity building, research, policy and public sector management since the late 1980s. She has developed specialist skills in developmental evaluation, programme evaluation, evaluation capacity building, strategy, policy, research, training and facilitation.  She has been applying these skills for over 25 years in government, non-government, philanthropic and community contexts, including many indigenous settings. 

Kate is the director of The Knowledge Institute Ltd and a member of the Kinnect Group, as well as an indigenous led collective Tuakana Teina, based in the Waikato region of New Zealand. She is also a co-founder of the Developmental Evaluation Institute and a founding member and current Deputy Convenor of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA).  

Kate is co-editor of New Zealand’s only evaluation text, Evaluating Policy and Practice, a New Zealand Reader (2003), and – along with Nan Wehipeihana, Kataraina Pipi and Veronica Thompson – was a recipient of the Australasian Evaluation Society 2013 Best Evaluation Policy and Systems Award for a developmental evaluation of an indigenous sport and recreation programme.  

She is also co-editor (along with Michael Quinn Patton and Nan Wehipeihana) of the book Developmental Evaluation: Real World Applications, Adapted Tools, Questions Answered, Emergent Issues, Lessons Learned, and Essential Principles, Guildford Press, New York, (2015).