Call for contributions – Questions to Consider

Evaluation innovation in Aotearoa; Enabling a safer climate and social equity for wellbeing
Toitū te whenua, toitū te tangata, whakamaua kia tina!

The ANZEA Board and Co-convenors warmly invite your contributions for a successful ANZEA2020. 

Abstract Submission date extended!

We understand that it is not life as usual at the moment and that our community needs some extra time as work schedules are disrupted. The ANZEA2020 team would like to offer an extra week to those interested in submitting a conference proposal.

Thank you to all the submissions we have received already!

The abstract submission date is now extended to Friday 27th March.

Conference theme
Our conference theme is a dual focus on wellbeing – social equity and a safer climate – that is interwoven with four strands: innovation; indigenous ways of knowing; leadership; and methodology. 

We invite contributions that explore how evaluation in Aotearoa New Zealand might contribute to:

● understanding current local and global crises and challenges
● taking action for social equity and a safer climate 
● helping vulnerable communities adapt to current and future changes 
● building collective and progressive responses as a profession, and
● providing evaluation leadership on the global stage for social equity and a safer climate.

In preparing your proposals, we invite you to consider and respond to the following questions, -developed originally by the American Evaluation Association, that cut across our conference theme.

  1. What evaluation approaches, methods and practices help us address some key issues of our time—the threats of climate change and social inequity which impact on well-being.  How might we create spaces for Māori and Pacific peoples to self-determine and lead their own evaluation agendas? How might we ensure our evaluations become laser-focused in supporting stakeholders to understand the issues and choose wise actions?

  2. What have we learned about innovating and adapting our evaluation approaches, methods and practices? How can we make our profession even more relevant to communities and their aspirations? How can our evaluation practice support knowledgeable and helpful dialogues amongst diverse interests? How can we best equip ourselves in a context of increasing digitisation, to harness new data sources and tools and use them judiciously?

  3. How do we in Aotearoa New Zealand address the Sustainable Development Goals to protect human rights, champion equity and support diversity with a focus on creating well-being? How do we ensure that the voices and values of all key communities, and not just the most powerful ones, are heard?

  4. What is our leadership role in systematically seeking to provide useful answers to the important questions? As the challenges we are evaluating become ever more complex, how do evaluators ensure they remain credible when evaluating controversial issues, keep a sense of calm, and act with courage?

Please submit your proposal by Friday 27th March.