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Most of us have heard about ChatGPT and AI technologies and either been excited, scared, or skeptical. Whatever your position, we all know that understanding these technologies and the potential value they can bring to the social service sector is important. This is one of the reasons why Synergia has committed to fully understand these new technologies and they would love to share what they have learned with you in the first Kai & Kōrero: Learning over lunch session for 2024, ’Exploring AI and ChatGPT Safely’.

Our friends at Synergia, Eli Kliejunas and Dr Sarah Appleton will introduce you to ChatGPT, Microsoft Copilot, and other AI tools; how to interact with them safely and effectively, the most common and helpful use cases for your mahi, like summarising text, explaining concepts, and drafting content. Eli and Sarah will also briefly discuss some ethical implications of generative AI

Whether you're a beginner, technologically challenged or already using these tools, this session will enhance your confidence and engage you in some of the interesting questions in this space. Synergia are looking forward to exploring this rapidly developing space with you and hearing your own experiences and reflections.

Eli Kliejunas

Eli is a data analyst with a rich background in biostatistics and public health, focusing on leveraging data to maximise the impact of health services. With experience as the lead analyst on health services programmes such as the Auckland Wellbeing Collaborative, he specializes in using statistical analyses to evaluate mental health interventions.

Recently, he has been studying generative AI tools, evaluating their potential in improving health services in New Zealand while mitigating their risks. Eli is passionate about the ethical application of AI to advance population health and wellbeing.

Dr Sarah Appleton

Sarah has significant experience in mixed methods evaluations across the education, health, social and disability sectors. Sarah is committed to providing robust evaluations that deepen insight to support action and improvement. Her work focuses on translating evidence into practice both through evaluation design, implementation, shared sense making and dissemination. Sarah also values the role that evaluation can play in building the evaluative capability of organisations through the delivery of an evaluation. These efforts are supported by Sarah’s previous experience as a Lecturer in evaluation at the University of Auckland.

Sarah is co-convenor of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association Board. She is also a reviewer for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research and the Evaluation Journal of Australasia.