Community engagement and evaluation: demonstrating our social impact

Event Date and Time

Date(s) - 18/10/2023
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Event Details

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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:

  • An Introduction to Evaluation
  • Evaluation and Community Engagement: evaluating our projects and our partnerships
  • Defining our purpose and process: theory of change and program logic
  • Measuring our performance: Outcomes Matrix
  • Centering the voices of community in evaluation

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.