1. Programs, government and policy
What is happening at each level of government in terms of evaluation capacity, policy and methods? This can involve evaluation commissioners, programs providers and other stakeholders. What collaboration is taking place across sectors/organisations to spread evaluation capacity and understanding? What does this mean for the future of evaluation?
2. Indigenous evaluation
What does the year of evaluation mean for the indigenous sector. What should it mean? Can we demonstrate culturally responsive practices in evaluation using a variety of evaluation approaches? What challenges exist within the discipline and what can be done to solve them?
3. Enrich our theories
Let us demonstrate how we learn from others as we cross the boundaries of disciplines and enrich the skills of the evaluator as well as looking at new and different conceptual frameworks. What have we learnt? What can we learn from others? Look at interdisciplinary, current trends or Australasian contributions.
4. Methods to make it work
What is new in evaluation might come from the most recent technologies but also from imported practice tools from other disciplines? How do we harness the power that these give us without losing our identity? What are the threats, what challenges and what excitement exist?
5. A profession to serve whom?
Who are we and what have we become, and where do we want to be? What should be included in the training for professional evaluators? The search for meaning is bound up many dimensions including practice and corporatism, competencies and their justification, ethical challenges, as well as Institutions that organise and regulate the practice of evaluation.
6. Populations and evaluation
With a rich variety of national, regional and local populations, Australasia offers many arenas for the evaluation experience to be anchored in different cultures and socio-economic contexts. The appropriateness and effectiveness of the evaluation find different questions and solutions as evaluators deal with culture clashes, vulnerable groups and social justice challenges.