The DIFFERENCE we make - embedding an evaluation culture in local government.

The LG Professionals WA Community Development Network (CDN) invites you to be part of an exciting conversation, at this complimentary event, on measuring community development outcomes in local government.

Local governments play a pivotal role in building thriving communities through community development practice. Whilst we know that our work makes a difference, the outcomes we are working towards are often characterised by their intangible quality and can be challenging to measure (i.e. community connectedness, attitude change, inclusion and the capacity for community-led change).

In order to support the sector to embed an evaluation culture the CDN is partnering with six LGAs, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and the UWA Centre for Social Impact to develop resources that support the implementation of effective evaluation practices in the local government context.

At this Spotlight forum you will have the opportunity to network, hear insights from leaders in the field, share your experience and provide input into the development of an evaluation framework.

Event Program:

9.30am    Registration and Networking
10.00am  Welcome and housekeeping, Garry Fisher, Chair Community Development Network
10.10am  LG Professionals WA Welcome, Candy Choo CEO LG Professionals WA
10.15am  Demonstrating the difference we make - a leadership perspective, Arthur Kyron CEO, City of Canning
10.35am Interactive activity - exploring our current knowledge and capacity in evaluation practice
11.05am  Morning Tea
11.20am  Overview of Community Development in Local Government - Measuring our Impact Project, Community Development Network
11.30am  Consultation workshop - embedding an evaluation culture in local government, Professor Paul Flatau, Director and Lisette Kaleveld, Researcher, Centre for Social Impact, UWA Business School
1.00pm   Lunch and Networking

Event Speakers:

Arthur Kyron, CEO, City of Canning
Arthur Kyron was born and raised in rural Western Australia to Greek parents. He graduated from the Western Australian Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) and has completed a postgraduate degree at UWA in Social Work as well as postgraduate studies in Business Management & Finance.
Arthur's early career experience as a social worker and subsequent roles as a senior leader in local government have given him a great appreciation and insight into the importance of community development and the role local governments can play in building welcoming and thriving communities. In June 2016 Arthur was appointed to the position of CEO with the City of Canning. He has led the organisational restructure and the creation of a vision and values-based culture to position the City as a leader in local government.

Professor Paul Flatau, Director, Centre for Social Impact UWA
Professor Paul Flatau is the Chair in Social Investment and Impact and Director of the Centre for Social Impact at the UWA Business School.
Paul holds a PhD in Economics from Murdoch University. He commenced at the Centre for Social Impact at the UWA Business School in December 2010 and was formerly the Director of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute WA Research Centre. Much of Paul's work in recent years has involved close contact with the not-for-profit sector, social enterprises, with government partners and with industry and philanthropists.
Paul has made significant contributions to the analysis of social and economic outcomes and social impact and the effectiveness of programs and interventions in Indigenous housing, poverty, unemployment, homelessness, housing and the assessment of social innovations.

Lisette Kaleveld, Researcher, Centre for Social Impact UWA
Lisette is a social researcher who has worked on research and evaluation projects conducted in academic contexts as well as for the not-for-profit sector, as a public servant and as an independent consultant.
Lisetts's evaluation experience spans the arts sector, education, health and mental health and includes locally-based project evaluations as well as broader evaluations that contribute to data linkage projects, Closing the Gap and National Partnership initiatives.
Lisette has also worked as a journalist and magazine deputy editor, and is convener for the Australian Evaluation Society (WA Branch).



Friday 28 February 2020


9.30am – 2.00 pm


City of Canning
1317 Albany Highway


This is a Free-to-attend event, however registration is compulsory and should be completed using the register now button below.

Who should attend?

All local government officers are welcome to join us for this event, but it is most relevant to officers working in community development and those who have community development responsibilities as part of their role.

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Registrations close

Friday 21 February 2020

This complimentary event is supported by Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, LG Professionals WA, Centre for Social Impact (UWA), City of Swan, City of Joondalup, City of Mandurah, City of Stirling, City of Canning and City of Wanneroo.

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