ANZEA Conference 2014

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The Conference was held at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington from 7th to 10 July 2014.

A BIG thank-you to the keynotes, presenters and attendees who made the Conference such an outstanding success.


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Conference 2014


 Conference theme

Our House, Our Whare, Our Fale: Building Strong Evaluation in Aotearoa New Zealand

Tangata ako ana i te whare, tungia ki te marae, tau ana. “A person who is taught properly at home, will stand collected and with confidence on the marae.”

The house metaphor of the Conference theme symbolised the essential and integrated components that are needed to create strong, sustainable and relevant evaluation.

Conference Proceedings

If you presented at the Conference we would encourage you to submit your presentation for inclusion on the website. Please email your presentation to

Keynote Speakers

Our keynote speakers set the tone for the Conference.

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Nan Wehipeihana


 Nan Wehipeihana: Implications for Evaluation in Aotearoa New Zealand in the Post Treaty Settlement Era.

Nan was the opening keynote on the first day of the conference (7 July) and spoke about the challenges and opportunities of building evaluation capacity and capability to respond to the emerging needs of Iwi (tribal groups) for evaluation.

Nan highlighted the substantial growth in the economic asset base of Iwi (tribes) as a result of the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process and the significant (and growing) Māori contribution to the NZ economy. Read more

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Karen Kirkhart Conference 2014

Karen Kirkhart: Unpacking the Evaluator’s Toolbox; Observations on Evaluation, Privilege, Equity and Justice

Karen’s opening keynote on day two of the conference (8 July) explored the position of privilege that evaluation and evaluators enjoy, often unrecognized – and its potential to undermine strong evaluation that supports equity and justice.

“The house of evaluation is a house of privilege” and “when we fail to appreciate the dynamics of privilege/power surrounding and infusing our evaluation practice, it undercuts evaluation’s ability to advance social justice… While evaluation is on the rise, social betterment has not necessarily followed…”

Using the metaphor of a toolbox Karen argued that privilege is “not only something packed into the evaluator’s toolbox but also the structure of the box itself.” Read more



Peter Davis Conference 2014

Peter Davis: Valuing the Social Sciences: An agenda for hard times

Peter asked the question, are these hard times for Social Sciences. He posited that Social Sciences are under valued in NZ as evidenced by the reduction in scope and availability of funding for social science research. He also suggested the potential contribution of social science to evidence and knowledge claims is not well understood.

“Social science is not well constituted within the New Zealand science system and across or within those ministries and agencies that need such information to develop policy options” (Gluckman, 2011. p. 15)

One of Peter’s key messages was the need to improve our methods – and in particular quantitative methods. Read more




Stephanie Evergreen Conference 2014

Stephanie Evergreen: A Data Viz Vision

Stephanie’s presentation, led by example, showcasing an aspirational data viz vision using highly engaging and relatable presentation slides and where the key message take out was simply conveyed and easily understood.

More then just a series of pretty slides, Stephanie helped us to understand the relationship between shape, form and interpretation in the presentation of information. That is, underpinned by research, how we process information and why some formats are both easier to understand and facilitate more accurate interpretation. Read more

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Hui Māori

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Pasifika Fono

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Pākehā  Forum

NEW!  inaugural Pākehā forum. Click here for further information.

Workshop registrations

This year we are offering a high quality mix of half and full day professional workshops alongside the conference.

These are being facilitated by leading national and international evaluators and cover all levels of experience and focus.

You do not have to be attending the conference to register for these workshops.

Pre-Conference Half Day Workshops

  • Evaluation 101: The Basics – presenters Syd King and Kate McKegg.
  • What is different about writing in evaluation – presenter Saville Kushner.
  • Effective in-house evaluation: Tackling what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ – presenter Sally Faisandier.
  • How to use Action Design Research to Improve your Evaluation Practice – presenter Nick L. Smith (Syracuse University)

Click here to see full details of each workshop topic and fees.


Post-Conference Full Day Workshops

  • Actionable Evaluation: Evaluative Reasoning and Practical Methodologies – presenter Jane Davidson.
  • Presenting Data Effectively – presenter Stephanie Evergreen.
  • Valuing in the public interest: Analytic and Deliberative Methods for assessing value in evaluation – presenter George Julnes.
  • Beautiful validity: Upholding Strong Evaluation – presenter Karen E. Kirkhart.

For full details of the workshop abstracts and fees click here.


EXTRA! Stephanie Evergreen Auckland Workshop!

Click here to download the flyer.


Conference Programme

Click here to view the extended Conference programme.

Conference Abstracts & Presentations

Click here to download the full listing of abstracts.

Conference Brochure

Click here to download the Conference brochure.

Conference Costs



(by 22 June)


ANZEA Members $460.00 $520.00
Non-member $510.00 $560.00
Student/Unwaged $290.00 $310.00
ONE DAY PRICE  (any two Conference sessions)
ALL $325.00 $345.00
Student/Unwaged $150.00 $170.00
HALF DAY WORKSHOP        7 July   9am – midday
ANZEA Members $240.00 $260.00
Non-member $260.00 $295.00
Student/Unwaged $110.00 130.00
All Evaluation 101 delegates $110.00 $110.00
FULL DAY WORKSHOP      10 July   9am-4.30pm
ANZEA Members $480.00 $500.00
Non-members $500.00 $535.00
Student/Unwaged $250.00 $285.00
Per person $65.00

All prices include GST.



We wish to thank our sponsors for their generous support of ANZEA Conference 2014. Our thanks to:

General Conference sponsors – AKO Aotearoa, Ministry of Education, Families Commission and Education Review Office (ERO).


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Conference Collaboration Stream sponsor – NZ Council for Educational Research (NZCER)

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The New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) is an independent research and evaluation organisation. We provide research-informed knowledge, advice, products, and services for anyone with an interest in education. Our work is well known and widely disseminated in schools, among policy makers and across the wider education and adult learning sector.

NZCER was established in 1934. We have a proud history of supporting education in New Zealand and we are active in helping to shape the education of the future.

NZCER researchers and statisticians work in teams. We have a Māori research unit, Te Wāhanga, which undertakes kaupapa Māori evaluations and works across NZCER on other projects. NZCER researchers carry out evaluations for public and private sector clients across a range of areas, including health and wellbeing, curriculum and professional learning. We also offer strategic advice on evaluation for organisations wanting to shape their education work.

NZCER has developed a suite of evidenced-based evaluative tools for schools and tertiary institutes including self-review tools and tools to evaluate learner progress, such as the Progressive Achievement Tests (PATs).

At NZCER we’ve put a lot of thought into developing our knowledge of the theory and practice of evaluation, including kaupapa Māori evaluation principles. We are committed to producing high-quality work, generating new ideas and to working in ways that are respectful, transparent and collaborative. As an organisation we will continue to learn about evaluation approaches and methods.

Conference Scholarship sponsor – NZ Police

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New Zealand Police is the lead agency responsible for reducing crime and enhancing community safety. With nearly 12,000 staff, we provide policing services 24 hours a day and function from 371 community-based police stations around the country. We operate by land, sea and air, and respond to more than 600,000 emergency 111 calls each year.

The desired outcome of our Prevention First operating strategy is confident, safe and secure communities with less actual crime, road trauma, and fewer victims. We work in partnership with individuals, communities, businesses and other public sector agencies to achieve our vision of Safer Communities Together.


Conference Proceedings

If you presented at the Conference we would encourage you to submit your presentation for inclusion on the website. Please email your presentation to