ANZEA would like to thank everyone who was a part of our inaugural virtual ANZEA conference

23 – 25 March 2021

Thank you to our keynotes!

Atawhai Tibble
Of Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau a Apanui, Tuwharetoa, Whanganui, and Raukawa ki te Tonga descent, Atawhai is a strategic policy advisor, with interests spanning the economics of Māori well-being, the valuation of Māori language and culture, the measurement of cultural capital, the behavioural drivers of Māori outcomes, and Māori economic and social policy more generally. Read more…

Glenda H. Eoyang, PhD
Founding executive director of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute, Glenda leads a global community of over
800 scholar practitioners. They work across sectors to build adaptive capacity for individuals, teams, institutions, and communities. Read more…

Robin Lin Miller, PhD
Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University, where she directs the doctoral training program in ecological-community psychology and co-directs the master’s degree and certificate in program evaluation. 
Read more…

Andy Rowe, PhD
Fellow and former President of Canadian Evaluation Society and recipient of the Society’s award for Contribution to Evaluation in Canada and over thirty-five years conducting evaluations in a wide range of natural resource and human settings now focusing on sustainability and climate. Read more…

Seini Taufa, PhD
Research and Evaluation Lead for Moana Research, and the Senior Pacific Advisor for Growing Up in New Zealand.  Dr Taufa was previously based at the University of Auckland where she taught for over ten years within the departments of Social and Community Health and Pacific Health, School of Population Health. Read more…

Our theme

 We live and work in an era of uncertainty, which has been emphasised by the unfolding of a global pandemic. In these times facts are heavily debated through ideological lenses and where people have difficulty finding common ground. Some social and political commentators have even coined this the ‘post-truth’ era.  

In this context, we have hope in the role of evaluation to help us come to trusted, credible, and evidence-based conclusions about the quality, importance and value of what is relevant in our society. Our role as evaluators is to increase our society’s capacity, both locally and globally, to make better decisions for people and the planet based on credible evidence. The onset of new shocks to Aotearoa from the Covid-19 pandemic provides yet another example of the need for innovation and opportunities for evaluative practice to adapt and build resilience.

The Government’s Budget in 2020 has continued to prioritise the wellbeing of all New Zealanders and the environment as the full  impact from COVID-19 emerges and the country seeks to recover and rebuild. A wellbeing focus responds to New Zealanders who expect government to measure our success in line with their values – fairness, protection of the environment, and strong communities.

The ANZEA 2021 Conference served as a catalyst for innovative thinking and dialogue on the role of evaluation and on the transformative impact we can make.

You can read more about the 2021 conference theme:

Conference tohu – a note from the designer

My name is Matangireia Mita Ngarua Yates-Francis. I am a proud decedent of bloodlines connecting me to Te Arawa Whānaui (central Bay of Plenty), Te Aitanga ā Māhaki (East coast, Waihīrere) Rongowhakaata (East coast, Manutūke) and Ngāti Maniapoto (King country). 

The design created for ANZEA captures the notions behind wellbeing. They are notions deriving from the whakatauaki “toi tu te whenua, toi tu te tangata”, translating “strength of the land, comes strength of the people”. The design is based in a circle, this highlighting the world we live in, and within the circle are two figures, one being te ira tangata (mankind) above, and below, being all those entities and forces unseen beneath the surface. This depicting a message without land there will be no people, reflecting holistic wellbeing.

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