Seminar: Smarter not harder: Evaluation in the community sector
Date and time: Tuesday 17 September 2013, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Presenter: Brentyn Parkin, Chief Executive Officer, My Community Directory, Community Central
Getting reliable data about client participation with minimal staff time is hard enough, but ensuring that the data is consistent across various related programs within or across organisations presents many challenges. Additionally, how can program managers, policy makers and evaluators draw on the diverse range of community service data to conceptualise and assess the social benefit that services provide?
Brentyn Parkin, CEO of My Community Directory, will describe several developments – both technological and conceptual – which make the life of evaluators, researchers and program managers easier. Brentyn will use examples of evaluation frameworks for youth support programs and emergency service programs, to show how data can be elicited using texting and tailored apps with no extra cost, maximising the use of operational data while maintaining confidentiality and meeting very different flexibility requirements of participating organisations. Brentyn will present two useful models for classifying the community sector – one a matrix based on target groups and focus of activities and the other a comprehensive data information standard. Brentyn will demonstrate how these can facilitate communication about the availability of services to match the needs of the community.
AES members and non-members are welcome at this free seminar. You are welcome to bring your own lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.
As courtesy to the presenter, please ensure you are seated by 12.30 sharp.