Empowering Organisations – Building Evaluation Capacity In a Cross-Cultural Context

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Presenter:  Madeleine Bower and Alison Rogers, The Fred Hollows Foundation

Date: Nov 20, 2015

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Contact person:  Alison Rogers
T: 0448227422
E: arogers@hollows.org

Location:  Charles Darwin University Casuarina campus, Building Red 9, Room 1.48, Ellengowan Drive, Casuarina NT 0810

Register online: by Wednesday 18 November 2015

Developing the evaluation capacity of organisations is possibly one of the evaluator's greatest challenges, particularly in cross-cultural settings. In this seminar, Maddy and Alison will detail how The Fred Hollows Foundation's Indigenous Australia Program used a formal Evaluation Capacity Building (ECB) approach to strengthen evaluation practice and develop an innovative cross-cultural evaluation protocol. 

In a cross-cultural setting, any evaluation activity must not only involve team members who understand the context but be approved, guided, directed and implemented by the program team to ensure culturally appropriate, meaningful and useful findings. A key output of the ECB process was the development of a cross-cultural protocol to ensure all evaluative activities are appropriate. This tool and the way it was developed is useful for organisations who source external evaluators, internal evaluators engaging with external expertise or external evaluators linking with organisations in any cross-cultural setting.

About the Presenters: Madeleine Bower is a graduate of Bachelor of Applied Science (Indigenous Community Management and Development) 2014 – Curtin University of Technology, Perth. Maddy's view of the world comes from her upbringing, her work stance and learning from her mistakes and experiences. Working within the health sector for Government and now as a Senior Program Officer in The Fred Hollows Foundation. Maddy's driving force is to find strategies to fight against the injustices to Aboriginal people and advocate for Human Rights. Maddy's work has taught her to learn, grow and share her knowledge. Her role within The Fred Hollows Foundation has contributed to creating positive pathways for herself and others.

Alison Rogers is the Development Effectiveness Coordinator with The Fred Hollows Foundation's Indigenous Australia Program. The role supports embedding evaluative thinking within the program. Alison has a background in nutrition and dietetics and community development, with Masters degrees in Public Health and Evaluation. Her special interest area is evaluation capacity building and she has recently commenced a PhD with the Centre for Program Evaluation at the University of Melbourne.


  • Cost: Free
  • This seminar was presented at the AES 2015 International Conference in Melbourne.
  • NT AES Regional Event in collaboration with the Menzies School of Health Research - Lunchtime Seminar.
  • Please bring your own lunch.
  • Video-conference available for Katherine & Alice Springs. Tele-conference & presentation available for other remote participants.