John Stoney

University Fellow

In addition to being internal evaluation practitioner in the Australian Government, John lectures on-line for the University of Melbourne, and in his spare time assists with the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) Canberra Regional Committee.

His professional life is almost evenly split between just over a decade in front line young offender and child protection work with the then NSW Department of Community Services (DoCS), and over another decade in policy and program development, implementation, management and evaluation within the Australian Government. Areas of work have involved family assistance, community (disaster) recovery, family relationship services, and early childhood education and development. He holds a BA (Social Welfare) from Charles Sturt University and a MA (Evaluation) from the University of Melbourne.

Research Interests

  • Evaluation capacity and capability development
  • Evaluation theory and practice (praxis)
  • Evaluation utilisation, particularly the incorporation of evidence into policy
  • Early childhood, child, youth and family development

Conference Papers & Presentations

  • Stoney, J. (2014). Do we need to talk about William?: Thoughts, ideas and challenges on the role of evaluation theory in informing our evaluation practice in Australia. Paper presented at Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) International Conference Darwin NT, 10 September 2014.
  • Grey, K., & Stoney, J. (2013). Evaluation Book Club – Hard Won Lessons (Michael Scriven). Presented at AES International Conference Brisbane QLD, 2013.
  • Moore, B., & Stoney, J. (2011). Two men and some Tinnies: Reflections and Conversations about the Science and Art of Internal Evaluation Practice. Presented at AES International Conference Sydney NSW. 2011.
  • Stoney, J., Grey, K., Shrimpton, B., McGeary, J., & Garner, S. (2010). Praxis: thoughts, ideas and challenges when evaluation theory meets practice. Panel discussion - Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) International Conference Wellington, NZ, 30-31 August 2010.
John Stoney


T: +61 2 6291 9580

University of Melbourne
Melbourne VIC