Working with evaluators: What do you need to know?

Working with evaluators: What do you need to know?

Professor Ilan Katz, Dr Del Goodrick, Sulabha Pawar and Dr Stewart Muir
19 November 2020

This webinar discussed ways social service providers and evaluators can build successful evaluation partnerships for the benefit of children, families

Young indigenous students studying together with their tutor outdoors in the sun in Australia.

This webinar was held on Thursday, 19 November 2020. Please post your questions and comments below.

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This webinar will bring together a panel of social service providers and evaluators to discuss how to build successful evaluation partnerships.

The panel discussed:

  • Is there a 'right' time to do evaluation?
  • What evaluators can help with
  • How to prepare for evaluation
  • Stories about the successes and failures of evaluation partnerships

In a context where social services are increasingly under pressure to evaluate their programs and interventions, cross-discipline partnerships can help to showcase the important work services are doing. 

This webinar is of interest to professionals working in the families and children support sector. 

Featured image: © GettyImages/ SolStock

About the presenters

Professor Ilan Katz

Professor, Social Policy Research Centre, Uni of NSW
Ilan was a social worker and manager before becoming a researcher and evaluator. He has led a large number of research projects on a wide range of social policy issues, specialising in mixed method evaluations of policies and programs. Although he has focused on child protection and families, he has researched with many client groups including elders, people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, migrants and refugees and people living with mental illness.

Dr Del Goodrick

Program Evaluation and Social Research
Del is a Pakeha New Zealander.  She has been working in Australian for the past 25 years, but is currently based in Queenstown, NZ.  Del has strong interests in evaluation theory and its application to practice.  She has worked with a range of government agencies, primarily in evaluation within public health, education and public policy contexts. Del is passionate about the role of capacity building in evaluation, and the use and influence of evaluation.


Sulabha Pawar

National Manager at The Smith Family
Sulabha is the National Manager, Strategic Initiatives at The Smith Family Australia. As a senior thought leader within the organisation, she is responsible for a wide range of program innovation and design, particularly the organisation’s place-based early intervention and prevention community initiatives. A leader in the not-for-profit sector for over a decade, Sulabha has extensive experience in developing and evaluating policy and programs for children birth to 12 years; and developing and leading community capacity building in vulnerable disadvantaged communities in metropolitan, regional and remote Australia

Dr Stewart Muir

Executive Manager, Family Policy & Practice Research, AIFS
A socio-cultural anthropologist by training, Stewart is a highly experienced researcher with extensive experience in developing and leading large multi-method research and evaluation projects. His research and evaluation projects have focused on out-of home care, services for children and families and military families. He also has extensive experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Stewart has a particular interest in helping child and family services to build their capacity for evidence-informed practice.