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.
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