Keynote and invited speakers


Ian Anderson

Professor Ian Anderson’s family is Palawa Trowerna from the Pyemairrenner mob in Tasmania, which includes Trawlwoolway and Plairmairrenner and related clans. He currently holds the position of Pro Vice Chancellor (Engagement) and a Professor of Indigenous Higher Education at the University of Melbourne. Previously he was the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Higher Education Policy) at the University of Melbourne (2012-2014), the Director of Murrup Barak Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development (2009-2014) and the Director of Research and Innovation at the Lowitja Institute, which incorporates the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (2010-2012).
Ian is the first Aboriginal Australian to hold a Chair in Indigenous Health; he is a strong advocate of Aboriginal-led health initiatives for Indigenous people and Indigenous engagement in the research process. Ian is also the Chairperson of the National Indigenous Health Equality Council, which was established in 2008. His considerable involvement at a senior level in Aboriginal health policy development is particularly notable and highlights his expertise in developing, implementing and evaluating indigenous public health strategies. During his directorship of Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit, Ian implemented and oversaw the development of a diverse research programme alongside Koori partners. In 2009 Ian led the establishment of Murrup Barak – Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development to provide a focal point for the work occurring across the University of Melbourne in Indigenous development. He is the Co-Chair Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Advisory Council.

Professor Anderson also devotes significant amounts of time to national committees. For example, he is currently Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality Council, a member of the Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council, and a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Advisory Committee.

John Hattie

John is Director of the Melbourne Educational Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Chair of the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leaders, co-director of the Science of Learning Research Centre. His areas of interest are measurement models and their applications to educational problems, and models of teaching and learning. Previous appointments were in Auckland, North Carolina, Western Australia, and New England. He was chief moderator of the NZ Performance Based Research Fund, Past-President of the International Test Commission, associate editor of British Journal of Educational Psychology, and American Educational Research Journal, and is part-time cricket coach and umpire.

He has published and presented over 850 papers, and supervised 180 theses students.

 Penny Hawkins

Penny is an evaluation specialist with extensive experience in public sector evaluation in New Zealand and the United Kingdom and a former AES President. She is currently Head of Evaluation at the UK Department of International Development (DFID) and before taking up this role in 2013, was an evaluation specialist at The Rockefeller Foundation in New York. Penny has held a number of evaluation management roles in New Zealand government departments including as Head of Evaluation for the New Zealand Aid Programme at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She currently serves as the Chair of the OECD-DAC Network on Development Evaluation and from 2003–13 was a faculty member for the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) at Carleton University in Canada.

Penny has contributed to several evaluation publications including co-editing a book published in 2012 Evaluation Cultures – Sense Making in Complex Times. In 2007, she received the AES Award for Outstanding Contribution to Evaluation. Penny's longstanding commitment to the evaluation profession stems from her optimism that evaluation can make a positive contribution to world development and human wellbeing.

 Marlène Läubli Loud

Marlène is currently an independent consultant and trainer in public sector monitoring and evaluation.

She has worked with a range of organisations, small and large, including the European Commission, the World Health Organization, the UN Evaluation Group, the UN Joint Inspection Unit, the U.K. Department of Employment, U.K. Health Promotion Agency (now merged and become National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence [NICE]), and the English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting.

She was head of the Research and Evaluation Unit at the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (SFOPH) for nearly 20 years where she gained much experience in evaluation management, and especially in the ways and means for improving the use and utility of evaluation in organizations. She continues to have a keen theoretical and practical interest in this area and is now leading a working group for the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL) on competencies for evaluation managers. Prior to her work with the SFOPH, she was an independent evaluator in the United Kingdom, specializing in the evaluation of developmental programs in health and youth training. She was also a research fellow at the Department of Education, University of Surrey, and in the Social Science Faculty, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

Marlène has facilitated several workshops on public sector evaluation for a range of health and other practitioners. She was a session lecturer in the University of Fribourg’s sociology and social policy master’s program for more than 10 years and a guest lecturer at several other Swiss universities. She is a member of the European Evaluation Society, the American Evaluation Association the UK Evaluation Society and the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL). She served on the SEVAL Executive Committee for more than 10 years with special responsibility for professional development.

Marlène has many years international experience too. She has worked in several countries, including Algeria, Palestine, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Italy. She was also part-time director of the European Office of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.

Patricia Rogers

Patricia is Professor in Public Sector Evaluation and project director of BetterEvaluation – a platform for improving evaluation practice and theory by sharing information about evaluation methods. Patricia's current research focuses on evidence-based policy, including documenting and learning from practice-based evidence, methods for evaluation of programs and strategies with complicated and complex aspects, and building organisational monitoring and evaluation systems.

Patricia has worked in public sector evaluation and research for more than 25 years, with government and non-government organisations (international, national, state and local) across a wide range of program areas, including agriculture, community development, criminal justice, early childhood, education, health promotion, Indigenous housing, international development, legal aid.

She has been awarded the American Evaluation Association’s Myrdal Award for Evaluation Practice, the Australasian Evaluation Society’s Evaluation Training and Services Award for outstanding contributions to the profession of evaluation, the AES Caulley-Tulloch Prize for Pioneering Literature in Evaluation and (with Sue Funnell) the AES Best Evaluation Study Award.


Lyn Alderman

With over 20 years experience in higher education and 10 years focused on evaluation, Lyn has a wealth of understanding in institution-wide evaluation frameworks, evaluation of teaching, curriculum and performance models, and how to engage in broad and rich stakeholder engagement. As the sole investigator of an illuminative evaluation into Australian Government policy borrowing and implementation, lead investigator to research Post Occupancy Evaluation (POEs) of education facilities, external evaluator to examine the quality assurance framework of an international university and consultant to reconceptualise the student evaluation framework for a national university, Lyn is judiciously situated to present and disseminate her research and experience in higher education and evaluation.

Lyn is the President of the Australasian Evaluation Society (2014–current) and an Editor of the Evaluation Journal of Australasia (2012–current).

Stewart Donaldson

Stewart is Professor and Director of the Claremont Evaluation Center, and Dean of the Schools of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation and Community & Global Health at Claremont Graduate University. Stewart is currently serving as the Director of the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) Program and recently served a 3-year term on the AEA Board. He has taught numerous university courses, professional development workshops, and has mentored and coached more than 100 graduate students and working professionals during the past two decades. Stewart has also provided developmental, formative, and/or summative evaluation services to more than 100 different organisations and has been Principal Investigator on more than 35 extramural research and evaluation grants and contracts. He has authored/edited or co-authored/edited more than 200 evaluation reports, scientific journal articles, and chapters. His recent books include: Theory-driven program design and redesign: A practical guide to achieving social impact (forthcoming); Evaluation for an equitable society (forthcoming, 2015); Credible and actionable evidence: The foundation of rigorous and influential evaluations (2015); Emerging Practices in International Development Evaluation (2013); The Future of Evaluation in Society: A Tribute to Michael Scriven (2013); Teaching Psychology Online: Tips and Strategies for Success (2012); Social Psychology and Evaluation (2011); Advancing Validity in Outcome Evaluation: Theory and Practice (2011); Applied Positive Psychology: Improving Everyday Life, Health, Schools, Work, and Society (2011); What Counts as Credible Evidence in Applied Research and Evaluation Practice? (2008); Program Theory-Driven Evaluation Science: Strategies and Applications (2007); Applied Psychology: New Frontiers and Rewarding Careers (2006); and Evaluating Social Programs and Problems: Visions for the New Millennium (2003). 

Stewart has been honored with Early Career Achievement Awards from the Western Psychological Association and the American Evaluation Association. In 2013, he was honored with the American Evaluation Association’s Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award for sustained lifetime written contributions to advancing evaluation theory. He is President of the American Evaluation Association in 2015.

Benoît Gauthier

Benoît is a CES Credentialed Evaluator and the President of the Canadian Evaluation Society. He has been a Government of Canada internal evaluator and a private consultant. Schooled in political science and public administration, he specialises in program evaluation, in strategic and organizational research and intervention, in market research, in applied social research and in policy analysis. Over the past 30 years, Benoît was involved in more than 500 research and intervention assignments and 100 evaluation projects, with emphasis on health research, copyright, arts and culture, technology, client satisfaction, and management information systems.

Benoît is known for bridging measurement concerns and management concerns. He has taught social research methodology at the Quebec École nationale d'administration publique, at the University of Ottawa and at the Université du Québec à Hull. He is the editor of the textbook entitled Recherche sociale: de la problématique à la collecte des données, an introduction to social research, which has gone through five French editions and one Portuguese edition. He received the CES Service Award, the CES-NCC Leadership Recognition Award, the CES Award for Contribution to Evaluation in Canada, and the CESEF Award for Contribution to Research on Evaluation Practice.

Kate McKegg

Kate has worked in the fields of evaluation, evaluation capacity building, research, policy and public sector management since the late 1980s. She has specialist skills in developmental evaluation, strategy, policy, and programme evaluation, evaluation capacity building, research, training and facilitation. She has over 20 years experience applying these skills in government, non-government, philanthropic and community contexts, including many indigenous settings.

Kate is the director of The Knowledge Institute Ltd ( and a member of the Kinnect Group. She is currently the Convenor of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA). She is co-editor of New Zealand’s only evaluation text, Evaluating Policy and Practice, a New Zealand Reader (2003), and along with Nan Wehipeihana, Kataraina Pipi and Veronica Thompson was a recipient of the Australasian Evaluation Society 2013 Best Evaluation Policy and Systems Award for a developmental evaluation of an indigenous sport and recreation programme. Kate supports leaders and practitioners in communities, organisations, and government to think critically and evaluatively about the quality and value of what they do; and to then develop their capacity and capabilities to demonstrate this value in useful and meaningful ways.

Maxine McKew

Maxine is an Honorary Fellow of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. In 2015 she chaired the ANZAC lecture series in a partnership between the University and other key cultural institutions – Museum Victoria, the NGV and the Shrine of Remembrance. Maxine is the author of two books – Class Act, a reflection on success and challenge in Australian schools and a political memoir, Tales from the Political Trenches.

Maxine’s background traverses both journalism and politics. For many years she was a familiar face to ABC TV viewers and was anchor of prestigious programmes such as the 7.30 Report and Lateline. Her work has been recognized by her peers with both Walkely and Logie awards. When she left journalism and made the switch to politics, she wrote herself into the Australian history books by defeating Prime Miniser John Howard in the Sydney seat of Bennelong. In government she was both parliamentary secretary for early childhood and later, for regional development and local government.  

Maxine lives in Melbourne and is a director of Per capita and the John Cain Foundation, as well as serving on the organising committee of the Lorne Sculpture Biennale.

Elizabeth (Liz) McKinley (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ngāi Tahu)

Liz is currently Professor Indigenous Education in MGSE, University of Melbourne. Before moving to Melbourne in 2014 she was Professor Māori Education and Director of the Starpath Project for Tertiary Participation and Success at the University of Auckland. Prior to Auckland she spent 14 years at Waikato University. Liz has established herself as a leading scholar in the field of Indigenous and ethnic minority education and has established an international reputation in the field. She has a strong research and publication record in the field of Indigenous science and mathematics education and the capability of the New Zealand education system to meet the complex challenges of transforming the educational outcomes for Indigenous Maori students and other students from low SES backgrounds. Liz has served on a number of panels and committees that have influenced public policy, including the Ministerial Cross Sector Forum on Raising Achievement, the Benchmarks for Progress subgroup, NZQA Independent Review Panel, and the National Advisory Board for the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative. She has also served on several panels for the NZ Universities Academic Audit Unit.

 Timoci O'Connor

Timoci has ten years of experience in project management and conducting research and evaluation projects in the public health, education, international development and community sectors. He holds a Masters of Public Health and is currently doing his Phd exploring the role of information communication technology on the use and feedback of evaluative information to communities. He is a lecturer at the Centre for Program Evaluation, The University of Melbourne. He teaches an undergraduate breadth subject, Relating Health & Learning and a number of postgraduate evaluation subjects including; Developing Evaluation Capacity, Qualitative Methods & Mixed Methods . Timoci has a strong interest in evaluative thinking (approaches, methods, tools etc) that involve community in decision making processes.

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