ANZEA Evaluation Competencies Project

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September 2011

The ANZEA Board sincerely thanks and acknowledges the huge effort and commitment of the Working Group responsible for preparing, consulting and finalising the ANZEA Evaluator Competencies for Aotearoa New Zealand. Please click here to download the final version.

A summary of ANZEA’s Evaluator Competency 2010 Consultations: Issues and Tensions can be downloaded here.

Additional background information about the project can be downloaded here.


December 2009

On behalf of the ANZEA Board I am pleased to be able to make available the draft ANZEA evaluator competency framework for consultation with ANZEA’s membership.

Download the draft competency framework here.

ANZEA’s goal is to develop a framework of evaluator competencies and standards that are relevant and appropriate to the context of Aotearoa New Zealand. This work is a strategic priority for ANZEA, as expressed in our Strategic Plan 2008 -2010. This project is also timely given the increasing attention by other evaluation associations internationally, and some New Zealand government agencies, to developing evaluator competencies as a key pillar of sound and ethical evaluation practice.

A literature précis was commissioned by the ANZEA Board to help inform the development of this draft framework. Download the working document here.

ANZEA has developed this draft framework of evaluator competencies for Aotearoa New Zealand so that it can:

·      Inform and guide sound and ethical evaluation practice in Aotearoa New Zealand, in a range of roles relevant to evaluation practice.

·      Support the growth and maintenance of culturally competent evaluators and evaluations.

·      Assist evaluators or evaluation teams to identify those competencies that are important in any given evaluation situation.

·      Provide guidance to trainers, teachers of evaluation and tertiary institutions about the minimum or graduating standards for  evaluators in Aotearoa New Zealand

·      Provide a basis for voluntary review for evaluation practitioners and organisations, and checklist to assist with professional development.

·      Support the development of employment criteria or standards for various evaluation positions or roles

·      Provide commissioners of evaluation with an understanding and expectations of evaluator or evaluation team competenciesm and a potential tool which could be used to inform their judgements about the best fit of the evaluators or evaluation teams during the evaluation commission process.

·      Increase public awareness and understanding about the dimensions that make up  ‘good’ evaluation practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We hope that this draft framework will be an impetus to robust discussion and debate about what a ‘good’ evaluator looks like in Aotearoa, as well as the equally important discussion about what constitutes quality evaluation.

Board members and members of the competency project’s caucus will be facilitating workshops at each of ANZEA’s 2010 Regional Symposia to seek feedback; wananga and fono are being planned for Maori and Pasifika peoples, and a feedback template has been included at the end of the framework document. We strongly encourage you to find time to read this document and provide us with your feedback.

In addition, if you would like us to attend a meeting in your area to faciltate discussion on the draft framework, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

We look forward to hearing from you over the next few months.

Kate McKegg

ANZEA Convenor

Competency Project Caucus Members

Co-chairs: Jane Davidson and Nan Wehipeihana

ANZEA board members:   Syd King, Kataraina Pipi, Carol Mutch, Tania Wolfgramm, Julian King, Pale Sauni

Other members:  Kate McKegg, Laurie Porima, Melissa Weenink, Paul Duignan, Sankar  Ramasamy, Meenakshi Sankar, Ngaire Bennie, Fiona Cram, Janet Clinton, Virginia MacEwan,Robin Peace, Bob Williams, Sue Walker, Steve Tracey and (the late) Nancy Sheehan.

Project Writer: Robyn Bailey