The Power of Local Knowledge (ADELAIDE)

Bank of Ideas

  • The Power of Local Knowledge
    November 30, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

DATE:          30th November 2017
VENUE:      Western Link Uniting Church, 93 Crittenden Rd, Findon, Adelaide, S.A.
TIME:         9am – 4pm
COST:         $275  (incl. GST)

Over 400 years ago, Francis Bacon said that “knowledge is itself power.”

Evaluation is often considered a source of knowledge about a community, but has often been done by agencies from outside of communities, with little influence or involvement from communities, for purposes not defined by or useful to communities.  This tradition has often followed a colonial methodology – taking a natural resource (local knowledge and experience) and converting it to something of value for the evaluator (report, published article, grant proposal, etc.) without rewarding the original owner of the resource.

It is possible to chart a better path that keeps the power and value of evaluation and learning with the local community.  We can begin to shift the power of evaluation by applying several critical questions:

  • What is being evaluated?
  • Why the evaluation is being done?
  • How evaluation is done?
  • Who is doing the evaluating?
  • For whom evaluation is being done?

Evaluation that measures impact can start by defining what impact is desired by the local community and how can the community investigate its story in a way that empowers itself and strengthens its relationships with power outside the community.

Ron will lead us through an examination of how use these five questions to determine the community power potential in any measurement endeavor.  He will share stories of how local communities have used evaluation methods to define their story and strengthen themselves.

Master Class Content

Through this class, participants will:

  • Be able to identify and articulate how local communities can build power through the use of evaluation tools.
  • Distinguish between oppressive evaluation and empowering evaluation.
  • Identify the critical questions and answers that determine the level of empowerment potential in a measurement process.
  • Share stories and tools with their communities about how measuring impact can create community power.
About the Trainer: Ron Dwyer Voss

Ron Dwyer-Voss is currently the primary consultant and trainer at Pacific Community Solutions.  Ron founded Pacific Community Solutions in 2006 to support people, organisations, and agencies working to create positive social and economic change in their local communities. Pacific Community Solutions engages a variety of talented and engaging professional trainers and consultants when working on large projects, especially around youth leadership development, evaluation, and projects needing bilingual facilitators.

Ron is considered an international expert on community development, community engagement, and non-profit governance and management. A dynamic presenter and facilitator, he is a faculty member of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at DePaul University. Ron trains, coaches, and consultants for NeighborWorks America and its many local affiliates and is a regular consultant to Habitat for Humanity International’s Neighborhood Revitalization program.

Ron began organizing social change in 1986 when he co-lead the Inter-Campus Sanctuary Network for Central American refugees and the successful South African divestment campaign at California Lutheran College.  Later he worked in Chicago as a community economic development and housing specialist and as a community organizer in the Pilsen and Austin/West Garfield neighborhoods. Ron was trained and mentored in the 1990s by Jody Kretzmann of the ABCD Institute.

Ron later worked with rural communities throughout the western United States through Rural Community Assistance Corporation.  There he led the design and implementation of the ground breaking California Agricultural Worker Health and Housing Program in collaboration with The California Endowment as well as dozens of local partners and farm-worker controlled organizations.  As Deputy Director of Sacramento Mutual Housing Association Ron led an effort to develop local leaders throughout Sacramento’s poorest communities, combining traditional community organizing with Asset Based Community Development approaches.

Ron has been a large congregation youth director, a youth camp program director, and designed and implemented youth leadership training for hundreds of young people in the USA, Mexico, Honduras and Hong Kong.

Presented By:
Bank of I.D.E.A.S
(08) 6293 1848


 DISCLAIMER: This event is being organised by the Bank of I.D.E.A.S. (and local partners). We will endeavour to make sure all the information relevant to this event is correct and up to day, however, details are subject to change and it is the responsibility of the participant to check the Bank of I.D.E.A.S. website for the most current information.
REFUND POLICY: 90% refund if cancellation is given in writing prior to the two weeks before the event. No refund given within two weeks of the event date, however tickets are transferable.


Venue Phone: 08 8445 2332

Venue Website:

93 Crittenden Road. Findon, Adelaide, South Australia, 5023, Australia