Date and time: 24 August 2022 - 4:30pm - 6.00pm AEST
Topic: Evaluating Resilience
Presenters: Skye Trudgett (Kowa Collaboration), Dr Robert Carr (Resilience NSW), Associate Professor Ann Dadich and Dr Catherine Kaplun (Western Sydney University)
Venue: Both in-person at EY’s Sydney office and online via MS Teams. 
Register online by: noon on 22 August 2022. For in-person registrations, please email:  with your name, organisation and contact details.

Please ensure you have access to your email address to receive the MS Teams meeting details. Please also check your email address is correct on your registration form before submitting. 

This is a free event the AES NSW branch is co-leading a session on Evaluating Resilience with the SIMNA, hosted at EY. Our seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in the evaluation community and to share and learn from the experiences of fellow evaluators.

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Panel overview

SIMNA and the NSW AES are thrilled to invite you to a joint hybrid event where we will explore the topic of 'Evaluating Resilience'.

There has been an increased focus on the resilience of individuals and communities internationally and within Australia following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and a range of natural disasters that have occurred in recent years, including bushfires and floods. While much has been discussed about the importance of strengthening resilience to withstand natural disasters, much debate exists on how to define, build and foster resilience in individuals and communities.This timely event will explore the concept of resilience, how resilience is defined and the methods to evaluate resilience from the perspectives of leading researchers and evaluators.
There will be opportunities to ask questions on the day, but if you would like to submit a question for the panel before the event please send your name, the state you are in, and your questions to 

About the Speakers

Dr Robert Carr, Resilience NSW
Robert is a highly effective evaluation lead at Resilience NSW, building M&E capability and supporting evaluation design across risk, recovery and resilience programs. He developed the NSW Bushfire Recovery M&E Framework which covers $4.5b in recovery and resilience programs across NSW communities and government agencies.

Skye Trudgett, CEO of Kowa Collaboration
Skye is the CEO of Kowa Collaboration, who specialises in the design and implementation of First Nations Data Sovereignty in practice. She is a First Nations researcher who has contributed to numerous evaluations and research projects. She has a passion for Indigenous Data Sovereignty and amplifying the voice of First Nations peoples In impact measurement and evaluation.

Ann Dadich, Western Sydney University
Associate Professor Ann Dadich is affiliated with the Western Sydney University School of Business. She is also a registered psychologist and a full member of the Australian Psychological Society. She has accumulated considerable expertise in health service management, notably knowledge translation. This encompasses scholarship on the processes through which different knowledge coalesce to promote quality care. This is demonstrated by her publishing record, with 190 refereed publications; the research grants she has secured, and the awards she has received.

Dr Catherine Kaplun, Western Sydney University
Dr Catherine Kaplun has over fifteen years of experience working in the health and education sectors with families and children, mainly when life circumstances are complex. Cathy's interdisciplinary research addresses the social determinants of health and modifiable risk factors in children's early years of life, engaging a preventative lens. Her work recognises the strengths and capacities of families and communities and the resources needed to provision for children's health, development, learning and wellbeing.

Panel start times

    • Qld, VIC, NSW, ACT, TAS: 4:30pm
    • SA & NT: 4:00pm
    • WA: 2:30pm
    • New Zealand: 6.30pm

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This free event can be joined either via MS Teams (commencing at 4:45pm AEST 24th August) or in-person at EY’s Sydney office at 4.30pm AEST where there will be a networking drinks thereafter. 

For in-person registrations, please email:  with your name, organisation and contact details.

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