Kia ora koutou, malo e lelei,

We hope you have been staying safe and well in your bubbles throughout Aotearoa and beyond. While there is still the need for social distancing we are pleased to see it has not stopped us from staying connected with each other online.

We have been so heartened by the positive responses from the ANZEA community in these past few months. There have been some difficult decisions required and a change in focus, no doubt similar to many of you as well. As the co-convenors for ANZEA, we would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to all our members and associates for their patience, understanding, and support.

In particular we would like to extend our thanks to the ANZEA2020 conference committee. It was a hard decision for all of us to postpone our conference, but it is clear this was the right decision. As the number of new COVID-19 cases in New Zealand falls, we can now hope for an eventual return of some sort of ‘normal’, albeit a more mindful and globally alert ‘normal’. Thereon we look forward to starting back up with our conference planning and seeing many of you in Rotorua in 2021. 

In the meantime there is plenty to look forward to! Our board members have been hard at work planning more online PD offerings for our members. Thank you to everyone who participated in our recent ‘pulse’ surveys. We have gathered some valuable information regarding your online meeting, webinar platform, content and pricing preferences.

Recently, we were able to host our first online PD session with the wonderful Judy Oakden. Thank you Judy for all the time and knowledge you have provided for this, and to all who worked with you to make the sessions such a success. Thank you also to our members for your patience and cooperation as we learn the ropes. It has been great to see such an enthusiastic response for this event. We have high hopes that there will be many more such events that we can bring to you soon.

We are very aware that these are challenging times, and we need to ensure the ongoing viability of ANZEA as an organisation. To cover the associated costs and to ensure our ongoing viability there will be fees for many of our online professional development opportunities, just as there have been for our in-person sessions. However we will be looking to ensure that we can offer value for money to members and continue to provide opportunities for members to connect. Our PD committee and the ANZEA exec are together developing content and pricing that we hope will enable wide participation among ANZEA members and supporters.

To that end we would like to hear from you if we haven’t already; do you have something that you would like to offer as a webinar to our ANZEA members? As an ANZEA member, is there something we can offer that would be of particular value to you at this time?

As a board, we have decided that these rapidly changing times require a more nimble approach, and we’ve shifted from quarterly meetings to meeting every month to keep our momentum going and stay abreast of new developments. All our meetings now occur online, with the added benefit of reducing costs for the organisation.

Evaluation innovation and our contribution to key social and global issues is becoming more and more crucial. In this changing world there is a vital need for quality evaluation. As ever, ANZEA is dedicated to supporting the needs and aspirations of the evaluation community in Aotearoa.

Stay safe and keep in touch.

Noho ora mai
Adrian Field and Seini Jensen
ANZEA Co-Convenors