ANZEA Conference 20182018-08-14T10:56:54+00:00
ANZEA Conference 2018
Conference Programme

Evaluation for change: Change for evaluation
He arotake rereketanga: Kia rereke te arotaketanga

Conference 16–18 July 2018  •  Full day workshops July 19

As evaluators, our purpose is to show what’s working, for whom and why, to enable positive change for society, ecologies, organisations, communities, whānau, families and individuals.

Evaluation can provide a grounded calmness and solid foundation for exploring what’s been and what might be. But pausing and reflecting, exploring uncertainties and challenges, might be seen as anathema to ‘action’ and ‘discovery’ oriented practitioners who might prefer to focus on new opportunities and novel ways of doing things.

The process of creating change, the outcomes and its impacts, touch everyone and sometimes in unexpected ways.

But are we responsible, as Professor Viviane Robinson asserts, for “…too much change and not enough improvement”?

We look forward to hearing about the role and process of evaluation to enable positive change in a world where credibility can be questioned from above and below and from different cultural perspectives.

Contributors have been invited to reflect on personal and community experiences of evaluation: how might we learn from the past to move forward? How might evaluation and evaluators change to keep making a positive difference in a world marked by stark inequities and hierarchies of power and privilege?

Thanks to Our Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors


Dr. Katrina L. Bledsoe
Dr. Katrina L. Bledsoe
Prominent US-based evaluator working in mixed methods, cultural responsiveness and social psychology.

Katrina Bledsoe is an evaluator and social psychologist. She has evaluated programs at the local, state and federal levels in the USA. Through research, leadership, publishing, and instruction, she aims to strengthen evaluation practice and helps people determine the impact of their programs.  Katrina has secured grants and contracts to evaluate programs ranging from education to school-based health and mental health. Katrina’s writings address topics at the forefront of the professional evaluation field. Through chapters, articles, and blogs, her perspective provokes thought and informs practice in the areas of mixed methods, cultural responsiveness, and social psychology.   She is an advisor for the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and advises agencies including the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the National Science Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Frances Valintine
Frances Valintine
Founder of Mindlab and a futurist thought-leader.

Frances Valintine (CNZM) is a “Futurist” thought-leader in emerging and disruptive technologies and has 20 years’ experience in business, technology, and education. In 2013, Frances founded The Mind Lab, a unique collaboration between a public education provider and a specialist education lab dedicated to digital literacy capability and contemporary practice in the teaching profession In 2016, Frances launched Tech Futures Lab to navigate the new world of technology-enabled businesses. In 2018, Frances was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit recognising her lifetime of contribution in education and technology. Frances has won a number of awards, including the NZ Flying Kiwi Award, a Sir Peter Blake Leader Award, the Westpac New Zealand Woman of Influence (Innovation), the Next New Zealand Woman of the Year (Education) and has been inducted into the New Zealand Hi-Tech Hall of Fame.

Marcus Akuhata-Brown
Marcus Akuhata-Brown
Youth educator, and celebrated communicator.

Marcus Akuhata-Brown’s father is from Te Whanau o Tuwhakairiora of Te Araroa on the East Cape, also the tribes of Ngai Tahu, Ngati Kahungunu, Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Rongowhakaata and Ngati Paoa. His mother is a fifth generation New Zealander with European ancestry. An experienced educator and gifted communicator, his work has focused on addressing the learning and developmental needs of youth at risk and young offenders. Previously, Marcus was Head the Commonwealth Youth Caucus and Director on the international board of CIVICUS, the World Alliance for Citizen Participation. Marcus currently divides his time between speaking and consultancy work, hapū and community development activities.  He is currently involved in a number of education and training initiatives and studies through Te Wananga o Raukawa.

Jess Berentson-Shaw
Jess Berentson-Shaw
New Zealand researcher, writer, and influential contributor to conversations around the nexus of population wellbeing and policy.

Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw is a New Zealand researcher, writer and communicator, good science advocate and influential contributor to conversations around the nexus of population wellbeing and policy. Jess’s substantial and significant work is predicated on three things: values, equity, and evidence, and it spans the breadth of the social, economic and political spectrum. Jess got her PhD in Health Psychology from Victoria University and has over a decade’s worth of experience working on applying science and evidence to public policy. She is particularly focused on how, in an age of misinformation, we can use evidence based communications to connect people better with what is true and what works, and what to do.

Jess wrote the book “Pennies from Heaven”, investigating the most effective policy actions for moving families and children out of poverty. You can find her writing at The Spinoff, Newsroom and Radio NZ.  This year Jess launched, with Marianne Elliott, the think and do tank “the Workshop”.

Conference Programme and Workshops


Conference Abstracts and Presentation Downloads
Download the Conference Programme (PDF)


Full Details on Workshops

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Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre

58 Waipuna Rd, Mount Wellington, Auckland, 1060

Waipuna Hotel, Auckland

Our Venue

Our 2018 conference venue is the fabulous Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre which has recently undergone extensive refurbishments. It is located at 58 Waipuna Road in Mt Wellington, Auckland.

If you need a place to stay, you may wish to enquire at the hotel at your convenience. A special conference rate is provided on a per room per night basis including breakfast at $185.00 incl. GST.

Bookings can be made by either calling the Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre reservations team on toll free 0800 924 786 or emailing them on

Transport to and from Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre 

By Car

Waipuna Hotel is located approximately 20km from Auckland Airport, and 20km from Auckland CBD. There are over 400 free parking spaces onsite. Accessible carparks are available.

By Public Transport

Buses. There is a bus stop (#7926) on Carbine Road, 6 minutes walk from the venue. Buses 757 and 532 go to and from the city centre. There is shelter and seating at the bus stop.

Trains. From Britomart Station – Auckland CBD

  • 20 minute train ride on the Eastern Line south to Sylvia Park Train Station (trains leave approximately every 10 minutes during peak times).
  • then a ~15 minute walk (1.5 km) to Waipuna Hotel

From the Airport

  • Outside the terminal, take bus 380 to Coronation Road, Papatoetoe (Bus Stop #6482)
  • Walk 300m to Papatoetoe Train Station to catch the Eastern Line to Sylvia Park Station
  • Then a ~15 minute walk (1.5 km) to Waipuna Hotel


  • There are wheelchairs available for use
  • All support animals are welcomed on premises (e.g. guide, hearing or mobility dogs etc)
  • There is a baby change station or separate parent room available

For more information on the features provided by Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre for conference attendees (such as those with a vision impairment, deaf or have a hearing impairment, mobility impairment, young children and learning or intellectual impairment) please visit Be.accessible:  

Some other accommodation options close to the conference venue

Sylvia Park Motel

153 Mt Wellington Highway, Mt Wellington Auckland (09) 527 7404

Ellerslie Palms Hotel

384 Ellerslie – Panmure Hwy, Mount Wellington, Auckland (0274) 883 834

Mt Wellington Motel

580 Mount Wellington Hwy, Mount Wellington, Auckland (09) 276 2771

Best Westin International Ellerslie

2 Wilkinson Rd, Ellerslie, Auckland (09) 525 1909

Download the Full Conference Programme (PDF)
Download the Workshops brochure (PDF 4MB)