Our History

Significant players in the association’s conception and development were Pam Oliver, Kate McKegg, Maggie Jakob-Hoff, Geoff Stone, Michele Lennan, Michael Blewden, Laurie Porima, Tania Wolfgramm and Jacqui Henry.

Advocates for the establishment of a National Association identified the need for an organisation that would better serve and represent the unique needs, values, obligations and context of the Aotearoa New Zealand evaluation community.

ANZEA was established to represent the need for evaluation practitioners of all kinds, to support their professional development and to promote safe and high quality evaluation services to New Zealand communities.

We want to make the most of our bi-cultural contexts and multi-cultural society. We will promote the integration of theory and practice in evaluation, specific to the needs of Aotearoa and will stimulate debate and research on evaluation practice and its role here. We also seek to enhance evaluation capacity within local, Māori, Pacific and global evaluation communities.

Our Purpose

Our tohu and whakatauki, both integral to the identity of ANZEA, reflect our purpose and core values.

We “look to the maunga”, we strive for excellence.

We recognise and value the cultures of all our peoples.

We honour their participation and we seek genuine partnerships.

Sharing exceptional skills and insightful knowledge, we seek to support their aims and aspirations for a healthy, prosperous and vibrant future.

He kura te tangata

Our whakatauki, “He kura te tangata” (People are precious) reflects the regard that we have for the intrinsic value of a human being and for the contribution of each person to the well-being of their whānau, families, their communities and their environment.

As an Association, we seek to promote, advocate and advance high quality services to the people of Aotearoa though quality evaluation to shape better futures in Aotearoa New Zealand. We see building evaluation capability and influence to further strengthen and share the insightful knowledge that exists within the people, whānau, families, communities and environment of Aotearoa as a critical way to inform and evaluate programmes, services, policy, strategies and other functions delivered or provided by public, private and non-government sectors.

ANZEA Strategic Direction 2016-2019

VISION: Promote, advocate and advance high quality evaluation to shape better futures in Aotearoa New Zealand

Strengthened Relationships and Community

To grow understanding of evaluation, build the evaluation community and contribute to the creation of ethical, safe and competent evaluative and commissioning environments.

  1. Build and strengthen the evaluation community nationally and globally
  2. Promote open dialogue, discussion and understanding about how evaluation contributes to the improvement and development of appropriate and effective policies, programmes and services for the social, economic and environmental betterment of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Building Evaluation Quality, Capability and Practice

To support the needs and aspirations of the evaluation community and improve evaluation capability, thinking and practice.

  1. Support and promote professional, competent, credible and ethical evaluation
  2. Promote evaluative thinking through ANZEA activities and initiatives
  3. Provision of high quality, relevant professional development and learning
  4. Build evaluation capacity and capability in Aotearoa
Flourishing ANZEA organisation

To be a strong, professional, viable, sustainable and connected Association.

  1. To be responsive, adaptive and meet the needs of members – nationally and regionally
  2. Grow and broaden ANZEA membership and representation
  3. Continue to increase ANZEA revenues to grow the organisation
  4. Continue to build strong and inclusive governance and management
  5. Engage members in ANZEA kaupapa, vision and strategic direction
  6. Continue to raise the profile of the organisation