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Name: Applying the AES First Nations Cultural Safety Framework

Date and time: Tuesday 29th November 2022, 1.30 - 4.30pm AEDT,  Half day workshop - 1 session

Venue: Via Zoom. Details will be emailed to registrants just prior to the workshop start time

Facilitators: Sharon Gollan and Kathleen Stacey

Register online by: Friday 25 November 2022. Spaces limited to 25 participants

Fees (GST inclusive): Members $165, Organisational member $275, Non-members $315, Student member $95*, Student non-member $140*
 * Students must send proof of their full-time student status to   

Workshop Overview

In September 2021, the AES launched the AES First Nations Cultural Safety Framework, developed over a 15-month period via a co-design process with the AES Indigenous Culture and Diversity Committee and representatives from the other main AES Committees. This has been supported by providing a series of ‘Learning to apply the AES First Nations Cultural Safety Framework’ foundation workshops - see the AES online events calendar for dates:

The purpose of this workshop is to build on the foundational workshop by providing participants with an opportunity to learn from and discuss examples of applying the concepts and approach described in the AES First Nations Cultural Safety Framework from two different evaluation teams.

NOTE: This is not a cultural safety training workshop. Cultural safety training is usually a two-day learning experience. People who have undertaken cultural safety training will find it a beneficial foundation for this workshop. People who have not undertaken cultural safety training may identify it as a valuable and logical next step in strengthening their capabilities in culturally safe evaluation.


Attendance at the foundational ‘Learning to apply the AES First Nations Cultural Safety Framework’ workshop.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the workshop, participants will have reflected on and discussed actual examples of culturally safe evaluation that will:

  • Enhance their understanding of how the principles of culturally safe evaluation can be applied in their evaluation context.
  • Strengthen their skills in applying critical self-reflection to their own evaluation contexts.
  • Enhance their understanding of what it means to be an ally for culturally safe evaluation.

Workshop Content

This workshop will be run as a panel session, where two different evaluation teams will share an evaluation example that strove to be consistent with the Framework and facilitate a discussion with participants to explore the application of the Framework. Participants will get the opportunity to walk some of the journey of each evaluation, addressing scenarios or challenges that emerged along the way, and practice applying the concepts and approach in the Framework to identify how they would respond if faced with a similar scenario or challenge in a future evaluation.

Please note, this session is not a cultural safety workshop; it supports participants to enhance understandings and skills that can lead to evaluation being a culturally safe experience for First Nations colleagues and evaluation participants. Cultural safety training, usually a two-day workshop, is an extremely valuable personal and professional development experience to undertake either before or after this workshop, as it can help participants understand and learn how to strive towards creating cultural safety in any area of their work or personal life.

Online teaching and learning strategies

There will be a balanced combination of:

  • facilitator PPt presentation
  • small group reflective activities with summary feedback to the larger group
  • scenario-based small and large group discussion.

PL competencies

This workshop aligns with competencies in the AES Evaluator’s Professional Learning Competency Framework. The identified domains are:

  • Domain 1: Evaluative attitude and professional practice
  • Domain 3: Attention to stakeholders, culture and context,
  • Domain 6: Interpersonal skills
  • Domain 7: Evaluation activities.

Who should attend?

People involved with evaluation in a variety of roles, including commissioners, evaluators, evaluation educators, and managers/staff whose policy, program or project is being evaluated.

Workshop start times

About the facilitators

Sharon Gollan, Sharon Gollan & Associates

Sharon Gollan has strong affinity with and is an active community member of the Ngarrindjeri group in South Australia. She has over 35 years of experience in the public sector in a range of community services and management positions primarily focused on creating better services for Aboriginal peoples, followed by eight years in academic teaching and research before focusing all her time on running her training and consultancy business, as well as contributing to better life outcomes for Aboriginal peoples through Boards, State Committees and Working Groups.

Sharon Gollan has invited beyond... to work with her since 1999 in developing and delivering training programs focused on cultural respect and safety as part of organisational change projects and reconciliation action plans (RAPs). They also work together on a regular basis to develop and/or evaluate health, education, family and community service programs at state and national levels.

Kathleen Stacey, beyond...(Kathleen Stacey & Associates) Pty Ltd

Kathleen Stacey is the Managing Director and Principal Consultant at beyond... She spent her formative working years within the public sector and academia, before establishing and expanding beyond... into its current form. The company conducts consultancy, evaluation, research and training work in human services fields, with a specialist focus in health, education, youth, early childhood, mental health, and family and community support services. It has developed a strong reputation for culturally respectful work in Aboriginal programs and organisations and has worked consistently and collegially with Aboriginal consultants across a range of projects since beyond…’s inception in 2000. beyond...specialises in:

  • program design, planning, implementation and evaluation
  • organisational and service reviews
  • strategic and business planning
  • research
  • facilitation
  • workforce and curriculum development, including development and delivery of training.

For more information about the work of this partnership, please contact both Kathleen Stacey on   and Sharon Gollan on .


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