Community engagement and evaluation: demonstrating out social impact
When: Wed 18 October, 10am-2pm (AEST, Sydney)
Community engagement and evaluation go hand in hand. Evaluation helps us learn, do our work better and be accountable to our communities. Evaluating the work we do with the community, and the relationships we develop along the way, are crucial to demonstrating our social impact.
In this workshop, we will unpack the nexus between engagement and impact, and how evaluation can help us tell our story.
We’ll use common evaluation tools, like theory of change, program logic and outcomes framework, to map out the purpose of our community engagement, our processes, and how we can measure our performance. We’ll explore ways to evaluate whether people are engaged, the impact of that engagement, and how to apply principles of community engagement to our evaluation.
The workshop will be conducted by Hannah Morgan, Social Impact Research and Evaluation Officer, Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion, UTS.
Topics discussed in this workshop include:
Hear from Hannah Morgan, Social Impact Research and Evaluation Officer, in the Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion, UTS, as she unpacks how we can evaluate both the process and impact of our community engagement work.
Hannah is a social worker with experience in mental health, disability and LGBTIQ+ health. Most recently she has worked in project management, coordinating national projects focused on LGBTIQ+ health and palliative care research. Hannah has recently completed a Masters in Evaluation at the University of Melbourne and has an interest in research on evaluation and participatory evaluation approaches. She also works as an evaluation officer at the Black Dog Institute conducting internal program evaluations.
About the Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion
The Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion is the gateway for partners to engage with the university’s resources and expertise to maximise social impact. We work with community organisations, not-for-profits, social purpose businesses, and individuals.
A “Free University” project: building community one conversation at a time.
When: Monday 13th November, 2pm- 3pm Sydney time (1pm-2pm Sunshine Coast time)
On the Sunshine Coast, a group committed to community engagement and exploring important justice issues of concern has created the Naamba Free University project. A free university is a space created by a community for the sharing of knowledge and to respond to the needs and dynamics of its participants. It acts as an alternative to the formalised education sector, providing hopeful inquiry about being in the world and with each other.
We will share our motivation for the project, the justice topics we have covered so far, and the facilitated processes that have enabled participants to build relationships and learn. Drawing on a tried and tested community development method much utilised in South-East Queensland, we will also share how we are building the network that is ‘hosting’ each event.
Dr Tina Lathouras is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She teaches Community Development and Social Action courses, and engages in research and community work practice working to weave links between these spaces so that one informs the other. Through this dialogue, she seeks to promote better teaching, research and practice responding to community issues.
Peter Hogg is a social worker and community development practitioner at Nambour Community Centre. Peter works directly with community members to facilitate connection, relationship and participatory action. He integrates his inclusive approach into his work with some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our communities, reflecting his belief that community-driven responses are crucial for a just society.
Tickets: Free for all