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Auckland Branch


December 2014

Next Branch event –  Apologies this event has been CANCELLED Thursday 4th December 2014, 5.30pm – ERO, Level 5, URS Centre, 13-15 College Hill, Ponsonby.

Entry fee: Koha. Please rsvp to: by 30th November.

Inspecting elements of Whanau Ora

When evaluating Whanau Ora services there are a number of critical elements demanded from evaluation experts which may vary from place to place.  Join us in welcoming Maori evaluation expert Suaree Borell who will share insights into key components of Whanau-centric practice including some basic outcome indicators for evaluating Whanau Ora programmes at a regional level.

Speaker: Suaree Borell

Skilled in evaluation and research, Suaree has more than 10 years experience in designing, leading and managing evaluation and research projects. She has a wealth of public sector experience in public health, education, and iwi Maori organisations. She has recently joined Hapai as the National Gambling Harm Minimisation Workforce Development Lead. In her new role, she is looking forward to enabling Gambling Harm Minimisation Providers to participate and contribute to the utilisation of evidence-based practice to reduce Gambling Harm in their communities.

Suaree’s strengths include working in a collaborative respectful manner and building a shared understanding of the content, design and delivery platform for a range of public health programmes. Suaree’s core passion in Public Health is the opportunity to contribute and enable evaluative thinking in all areas of Maori public health. Suaree’s tribal affiliations are Ngati Maniapoto, Ngati Ranginui, and Samoan.

This event will also provide a space to celebrate the successes of 2014 and a time for personal reflection of our own practice during this last year.
Let us come together and strengthen our resolve in the pursuit of excellence and happiness in our evaluation practice!

View flyer here

April 2014

3rd April 2014 – Update on SuPERU’s roles and its work with ANZEA on developing evaluation standards  This was a follow-up to a presentation given late last year by Anne Duncan, the then Director of SuPERU, Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit, Families Commission. At that event, a number of members voiced concerns about the SuPERU’s direction and the Auckland Branch Committee wrote a letter to SuPERU expressing those concerns and asking for clarification, especially around the proposed scope of SuPERU’s work and its influence on government’s purchase of evaluation services.

About the event

Clare Ward outlined developments in SuPERU’s role in relation to other agencies, Ministers and Aotearoa evaluation providers and purchasers. She was joined by ANZEA Convenor Kate McKegg, to outline a collaborative project between ANZEA and SuPERU to develop standards for evaluation practice, including a discussion of how ANZEA members will have input into that project.

To download Clare Wards presentation, please click here

To download Kate McKegg’s presentation, please click here


March 2013

ANZEA members were privileged to attend a talk given by Professor Bob Picciotto in Auckland on February 21 2013. Bob’s presentation, titled The logic of development evaluation, is it time for the broader evaluation community to take notice? argued that although developmental evaluation has its routes in other traditional evaluation approaches, evaluators can take valuable lessons from the experiences and successes of developmental evaluation work. Much of the discussion focussed on the multi-faceted definition of “effective” when making judgments about the effectiveness of a programme, service, project or policy. Participants were fully engaged in thought-provoking discussions. Bob, a regular visitor to New Zealand, is Visiting Professor at Kings College, London and on the Boards of the United Kingdom Evaluation Society and the European Evaluation Society.  On behalf of the Auckland Branch, thank you Bob for taking time out during your holiday to talk with us.

If you have any ideas for Branch events, or would like to present something that you have been working on or are interested in, we’d love to hear more about what local evaluators are doing – please contact either Michael Blewden at or Kathryn Nemec at

Please click here to download the Auckland Branch Events calendar for 2013

Pam Oliver, Branch Committee Convenor

Waikato/BOP Branch


November/December 2013

David Fetterman


ANZEA Webinar workshop with international speaker, David Fetterman was held on Friday 6th December, 3pm – 4.30pm (NZ time)

“The use of various technological tools to facilitate empowerment evaluations”

February 2013

2013 is HERE!! Our Branch Committee have met and planned a great year for all of our members. This year we are looking at a mix of local conversations and international speakers.

The first few events focus on culturally responsive evaluation, tying in with several members presenting at the CREA Inaugural Conference in Chicago “Repositioning Culture in Evaluation and Assessment. Then we have our own Conference in Auckland on 22-24 July 2013.

Following this we plan to have two video-conferencing events utilising Waikato University links to beam in international speakers. These events will be open to all members nationally as well because you can link in from your own PC. So book these dates and we’ll see you there!!

October – video conference with international speaker TBC

December – windup of the year event

Please click here to download the 2013 Waikato/BOP Branch Events calendar for 2013

Waikato Branch Committee

Central Branch

Please join us for the FIRST meeting of ANZEA Central Branch members

Wednesday 3rd December 2014, 5pm.

Venue: NZ Defence Forces College, Level 2, Awanui Building, Hokowhitu Campus, Centennial Drive, Palmerston North.

An introductions to the ANZEA standards – a presentation with Robyn Bailey and SuPERU, followed by a light supper.

View our flyer here

Wellington/Lower North Island Branch


April 2015

ANZEA Symposium: Growing Conversations, Building Bridges, Wellington 21 April 2015

This one day ANZEA symposium aims to promote dialogue and engagement between policy-makers and evaluators.

Full details here.

We have some exciting events coming up for 2015. Further details will be advised.

We look forward to seeing you at some or all of these events.

You are very welcome to bring colleagues and others who may be interested in ANZEA Wellington branch activities. For further information please email:

December 2014

Friday 5 December, 3.45pm – 6.30 pm, MBIE, Ground Floor, 15 Stout Street

ANZEA Wellington branch Christmas party. 

STOP PRESS: At the Christmas party we will celebrate with Bob Williams on his recent win of the prestigious Paul F. Lazarsfeld Evaluation Theory Award for his contribution to use of systems thinking in evaluation.

Click here to view our flyer.


November 2014

Friday 14 November, 3.00 – 5.00pm,Families Commission,  117 Lambton Quay, Level 6, Matua Room

Important session to update us on the access and use of big data sets: 

Guido Stark, Subject Matter Project Manager at Statistics NZ: Introduction to IDI (integrated Data Infrastructure): how might evaluators include data from the big datasets in their evaluations?

Charles Sullivan, Principal Advisor at Ministry of Justice: Administrative data analysis and evaluation: Consistency of sentencing, the IDI, and RCTs


October 2014

Friday 31 October,30 – 1.30pm. ERO’s Offices, Level 1, Legal House, 101 Lambton Quay

Clare Bear, Senior Evaluation Adviser at MPI, and Judy Oakden, Independent evaluator from the Kinnect Group.

“It ain’t just what you do, its also the way that you do it”.

Here is your chance to think about ways to undertake evaluation to obtain maximum impact and influence from your projects.

Upper South Island Branch


November 2014

ANZEA Upper South Island Branch Get Together

Come and join your evaluation colleagues for a drink and lively discussion at the Twisted Hop on Thursday 20th November, 5pm onwards.  A chance for us to get together, catch up on what’s new, and celebrate another year!  All warmly welcome. Thursday 20th November 5pm onwards at Twisted Hop 616 Ferry Rd, Woolston, Christchurch.

Your ANZEA branch is planning regular opportunities throughout 2015 for informal networking with your evaluation colleagues with the next ‘Get Together’ planned for February 2015.


March 2014

Interventions to enhance the  resilience of children with Dr Angie Hart (Ted Talk)

All welcome – especially teachers, principals and youth workers

You are warmly invited to a THURSDAY MARCH 13, 2014 event hosted by ANZEA (Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association) Upper south island branch

Who is Dr Angie Hart?

  • Adoptive parent of kids from the care system
  • Professor of Child, Family and Community Health in the Faculty of Health and Social Science
  • Co-director of Boingboing, a Community Interest Company managed jointly by academic and community partners. Boingboing supports resilience research and practice development
  • Academic Director of the award winning Community University Partnership Programme at the University of Brighton

Angie has published widely on health and social care  services to disadvantaged children, their families and their supporters, with particular focus on resilience.

She teaches courses for health and social care practitioners and undertakes research into  inequalities in  health and social care in relation to  children and families. She will be a great speaker.

What is she talking about?

Angie and her team develop approaches to resilience building in children and young people. They have developed a resilience framework to support parents, practitioners and young people. The talk will summarise the findings of two systematic reviews they have undertaken on resilience interventions with and for children and young people. These reviews we re undertaken with the needs of parents and welfare  services practitioners in mind.   Check out ( for more information.

Will there be anyone else talking? Yes we want a 2 way conversation

We are trying to get local teachers, researchers and  community workers to share their stories and work in Canterbury with Angie.  Do you know anyone we need to invite?

THURSDAY  MARCH 13, 2014 4:00-6:00pm   

Where: St Albans School  17 Sheppard Place, St Albans.  Either park on the street or park in English Park on Cranford St at the football centre and walk through the walkway – lots of parking.   $20 for non anzea members



or by Wednesday March 12 2014  or call 027 3142422

Download the event flyer here

Where can I find more information? And the TED TALK?

For more info on Angie and her research, visit the boingboing resilience research and practice website at


Angie Hart — Making Resilient Moves


February 2013

More than 30 people attended Bob Picciotto’s lunchtime presentation to the Upper South Island Branch in Christchurch on 28th February.

His presentation highlighted the way in which evaluation for development effectiveness has now evolved to cover a range of criteria. These criteria move evaluation beyond accountability measures just focused on inputs and outputs and look to also cover:

  •          Relevance – doing the right things
  •          Efficacy – doing things right
  •          Efficiency – doing things economically
  •          Sustainability – managing our risks
  •         Impact – making a difference over time.

Bob’s talk showed how there is an increasing need for good evaluation at a range of levels, and a corresponding need to grow the number of evaluators on the ground. The talk attracted a good audience and provided an opportunity for the Upper South Island ANZEA branch to showcase evaluation to a staff from a wide range of Christchurch agencies and  government departments.

His talk was also significant in terms of the Christchurch earthquake.  He was originally scheduled to give a talk about evaluation in an era of performance-based management two years ago. He duly arrived to experience our February 22nd earthquake – and that his venue – and audience – for his talk had disappeared. So two years later the ANZEA Upper South Island branch were delighted to be able to welcome Bob back to Christchurch and sponsor his presentation.

Robert (‘Bob’) Picciotto, (UK) Professor, Kings College (London) was Director General of the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group from 1992 to 2002. He previously served as Vice President, Corporate Planning and Budgeting and Director, Projects in three of the World Bank’s Regions. He currently sits on the United Kingdom Evaluation Society Council and the European Evaluation Society’s board.  He serves as senior evaluation adviser to the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the Global Environment Fund. He is also currently a senior adviser to NZAid.

Please click here to download Bob’s presentation.