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Conference sponsors

2014 Principal Conference Supporter

Charles Darwin University (CDU) offers a fresh approach to education, training, research and knowledge application. As a multi-sector education provider, CDU offers courses at the Certificate and Diploma level, right through to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 22,000 students, we’re one of Australia’s leading online education providers and the second fastest growing university in Australia. Our students, lecturers and researchers are located across Australia and overseas. CDU aspires to be internationally recognised as a centre for excellence in Indigenous and cross-cultural knowledge, tropical knowledge and desert knowledge.

CDU is the Northern Territory’s largest tertiary institution, with campuses and training centres across the Territory. We also offer selected courses at our CDU Melbourne and Sydney learning centres. With CDU, you can choose from over 90 online courses in areas like engineering, law, psychology, teaching and many more.


2014 Conference Supporters

Urbis works with clients to generate pragmatic solutions underpinned by a solid evidence base, bring thought leadership to significant policy and planning issues, and provide strategic advice for positive and sustainable change. Our national, multi-disciplinary team of highly experienced consultants provides policy and economic advice, undertakes research and program evaluation, and contributes to urban policy and place-making. We have a 30-year history of work across all public policy areas for Government and non-Government clients. Our robust and practical approach assists our clients to design policies and deliver programs and services that achieve the best possible outcomes.

ARTD is a leading public policy consultancy firm, providing services in evaluation, research and strategy. We work with government agencies and non-government organisations around Australia in the human services, education, health, disability and environment sectors, Since 1989, we have successfully delivered hundreds of projects—from one-day workshops to three-year national program evaluations. With their technical ability, policy knowledge, strategic thinking and people skills, our staff bring evidence and insight to decision makers at all stages of the policy cycle and in the life of a program.

The Department of Social Services (DSS) is the Australian Government’s lead agency in the development and delivery of social policy, and is working to improve the lifetime wellbeing of people and families in Australia.
DSS’ policies and services respond to need across people’s lives – looking after families, children and older people; providing a safety net for people who cannot fully support themselves; enhancing the wellbeing of people with high needs; assisting people who need help with care; and supporting a diverse and harmonious society. DSS supports people and families in Australia by encouraging independence and participation, and supporting a cohesive society.


Clear Horizon is a group of enthusiastic and passionate professionals delivering monitoring, evaluation, and planning with a ong focus on participatory approaches and facilitation. Our consultants have extensive experience in evaluation, training delivery and facilitation; all hold relevant professional qualifications and are members of the Australasian Evaluation Society.


Ai-Media is dedicated to ending the experience of social, education and vocational exclusion faced by people. Their live captioning and transcription product, called Ai-Live, provides real-time speech to text access to students and teachers around the world. In a 2012 evaluation, the University of Melbourne noticed teachers reviewing their transcripts and changing the way they were teaching. This observation gave rise to The Visible Classroom, designed to increase engagement with students and further support teachers to reflect critically on their practice.


NVivo qualitative data analysis software provides support for practitioners' need to capture, manage and explore 'messy' or unstructured data, and assists in the realisation of evidence-based findings.

The NVivo Team are thrilled to continue our partnership with the AES, and wish delegates a successful conference for 2014.


During the Centenary of Red Cross in Australia we are proudly celebrating 100 years of people helping people, and thanking generations of Australians for their service to the nation in times of war, disaster and personal crisis. In a crisis big or small, a simple act of humanity changes lives.

Colmar Brunton focuses on 'telling the story' of social policy reform, services, communities, organisations or people. We ensure that the voice of vulnerable populations is understood and heard using a skilled team who specialise in social research, and the synthesis of data to inform conclusions and recommendations.


Pre-conference workshops launched

Explore the pre-conference program of 15 topical and innovative workshops on the latest in evaluation theories and methods, practices and tools.

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