AES Awards 
for Excellence in Evaluation 

The 'Evaluation of the Pathways to Community Living Initiative' makes a strong contribution to the social good by building up knowledge and support for the deinstitutionalisation process for those with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI). 

During her evaluation career to date, Allison has successfully used skills and abilities from her previous experience in other sectors to conduct high quality evaluations, strengthen the evaluation field and support other emerging evaluators with whom she works. Allison is clearly an important part of her organisation, which itself is an integral part of the evaluation landscape in Australia.

The Department has strengthened their internal evaluation capacity through a comprehensive system. Launched in early 2021, the Evaluation Practice now employs over 20 staff and has achieved considerable successes. 

The paper Checking up to keep on track: An Aboriginal-led approach to monitoring well-being addresses an important issue—the need to develop monitoring systems that privilege Aboriginal led visions of community development in northern Australia. Authors: Linda Kelly, Mary Whiteside, Hayley Barich and Komla Tsey

This was an innovative submission for the AES Indigenous Evaluation Award. The submission was not for the conduct of a particular evaluation, nor for the commonly recognised types of evaluative thinking process documentation such as a monitoring and evaluation plan.