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Workshop: Introduction to Evaluation: Core Concepts and Methods

Date and time: Tuesday 7 February and Friday 10 February, 9.30am to 12.30pm AEDT (registration from 9.15am) Registrants are to attend both sessions. (full day workshop - 2 sessions)

Title: Introduction to Evaluation: Core Concepts and Methods

Venue: Via Zoom. Details will be emailed to registrants just prior to the workshop start time

Facilitator: Charlie Tulloch

Register online by: 6 February 2023 limited to 25 participants

Fees (GST inclusive): Members $260, Organisational member staff $375, Non-members $425, Student member $125, Student non-member $210
 * Students must send proof of their full-time student status to 

Workshop Overview

This workshop is aimed at those who are new or intermediate in the evaluation field. Its purpose is to outline the key concepts, terms and approaches for conducting or commissioning evaluation projects. It defines the role of the evaluator and the rationale for evaluation. It details the various evaluation approaches and a seven-phase method for conducting evaluation projects.

In doing so, the workshop steps through the key steps in framing, conducting and reporting on evaluation findings. It also provides guidance for commissioners of evaluation and shares resources for evaluators to continue building their skills and knowledge.

Charlie is also offering the workshop: Workshop: Introduction to Evaluation: Applied Techniques (Online 14 & 17 February 2023) which builds upon this workshop. 

Workshop Content

This is a knowledge-building workshop that will provide attendees with greater clarity about core evaluation concepts and methods for conducting research.

Workshop Objectives

The purpose of the workshop is to provide attendees with an opportunity to reflect on the place of evaluation in the policy cycle and to improve their awareness of the different stages in completing high-quality evaluation projects.

PL competencies

This workshop aligns with competencies in the AES Evaluator’s Professional Learning Competency Framework. The identified domains are:

  • Domain 1 – Evaluative attitude and professional practice
  • Domain 2 – Evaluation theory
  • Domain 3 – Culture, stakeholders and context
  • Domain 4 – Research methods and systematic inquiry
  • Domain 5 – Project management

Who should attend?

Those who are new or intermediate in the evaluation field, or those who feel they would benefit from time to reflect on the core themes and theory underpinning the evaluation field.

Workshop start times

About the facilitator

Charlie is a public sector evaluation and public policy consultant. Since mid-2008, he has worked in small, medium, and large consulting firms. He founded Policy Performance in February 2018 to support public sector policy development, implementation and evaluation.

Charlie started his career on the Victorian public service graduate program in 2004, then worked for the Department of Premier and Cabinet for four and a half years, providing policy advice in the areas of infrastructure, intergovernmental relations, economic development, tourism, major events, sport and recreation, and innovation.

Since turning to consulting, he has completed evaluation and reform projects across many portfolios, including Indigenous affairs, education and training (early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary), industry/economic development, intergovernmental relations, community services, emergency services, out-of-home care, grants administration, sport and recreation, regional development and justice/corrections.

Charlie completed a Master of Evaluation in 2014 and was a tutor in Impact Evaluation at the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Program Evaluation between 2015-18. He was an online facilitator for Oxford University’s Evidence in Public Policy leadership short course in 2020. He was an AES Board member between 2020 and 2022.


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