Evaluation Standards for Aotearoa New Zealand
ANZEA (Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association) has worked in partnership with SuPERU to develop a set of Aotearoa specific Evaluation Standards that set out the expectations of the evaluation process, practices and products. The Standards provide guidance on what should occur at all stages of a quality evaluation.
The establishment of the standards is expected to help promote good practice for evaluation and assist policy and programme development and delivery. The standards are part of a wider evaluation quality strategy that includes evaluator competencies, as well as ethical guidelines.
Evaluation with integrity
The standards are a set of four high level principles. The core value underpinning the standards is that of evaluation with integrity which means that evaluation needs to consider the following:
- respectful, meaningful relationships
- ethic of care
- responsive methodologies and trustworthy results
- competence and usefulness.
Under each principle are five standards that make a total of twenty standards. They do not set out detailed rules or procedures, allowing for differences of application in different contexts.
Who do they apply to?
The standards apply to commissioners of evaluation, evaluators conducting evaluation, participants within evaluations and users of evaluation.
ANZEA and SuPERU plan to do further work, focusing on the approach to the practices, processes and products of these standards.