The Australian Evaluation Society (AES) is a member based organisation which exists to improve the theory, practice and use of evaluation for people involved in evaluation including evaluation practitioners, managers, teachers and students of evaluation, and other interested individuals. We have more than 1,000 members involved in all aspects of evaluation and performance measurement. The AES is governed by a Board of directors and managed by a CEO and staff.

Members represent diverse areas of evaluation practice and sectors and meet regularly through Regional Networks and Special Interest Groups. The AES Blog provides a virtual meeting space for evaluators – both new and experienced – to share their perspectives and reflect on theory. The AES offers professional development through an annual international conference and regular online and face-to-face workshops and seminars. We encourage and recognise outstanding contributions to the theory, practice and use of evaluation through the annual Awards for Excellence in Evaluation. AES members have access to a range of resources, including the Evaluation Journal of Australasia.

The AES is committed to strengthening and building First Nation peoples’ evaluation capacity in culturally safe evaluation theory, practice and use.

Our vision

Quality evaluation that makes a difference

Our mission

To strengthen and promote evaluation practice, theory and use

Our values

Our Code of Ethics guides the activities and behaviour of our members:

When commissioning, conducting or reporting an evaluation, members should strive to uphold the ethical principles and associated procedures endorsed by the AES in the Guidelines for the Ethical Conduct of Evaluations.

Our aims

  • Establish and promote ethics and standards in evaluation practice
  • Encourage advances in the theory and practice of evaluation
  • Provide education and training related to evaluation
  • Provide forums for networking, professional development and the discussion of ideas
  • Increase understanding of evaluation and advocate for quality evaluation
  • Be inclusive of Indigenous and all other cultural perspectives
  • Have governance systems that reflect and incorporate best practice
  • Provide a forum that allows the diverse voices of the community to be heard, including those who commission the evaluations, those who carry them out and the evaluands
  • Other activities consistent with the these aims

As a member of the AES you are committing to
1. abide by the AES Code of Ethical Conduct, and
2. to support the AES Guidelines for the Ethical Conduct of Evaluations.