Conference programme out for the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association meeting

Enthusiasm is heating up for the mid-winter Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (anzea) conference, to be held this year in Hamilton July 9-11.

Evaluation in the real world

Relationships, roles, responsibilities and results

What does evaluation look like in the real world?

How do perceptions of the world differ amongst evaluation practitioners and those we work with and for, and how do we acknowledge, understand and evaluate within these multiple realities?

What are the practicalities, challenges and opportunities we face commissioning, designing, implementing and experiencing evaluation in this real world?

anzea Conference 2012 invites you to dig deeper into what happens in the ‘real ‘ world of evaluation, and what the challenges and opportunities are for the evaluation community in serving and relating to real communities and real people.

Keynote speakers

Three exciting keynote speakers will be presenting at the Conference

Thereza Penna Firme

Keynote: Evaluation as a tool for democracy.

Workshop: Employing evaluation as a tool for strengthening democracy.

Thereza is a Cesgranrio Foundation Senior Evaluation Consultant Professor (retired) in education and evaluation at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Thereza is a co-founder and President of the Brazilian Evaluation Network, established in 2002. [Ref: Setting up the Brazilian Evaluation Network]

She has been the Coordinator of the Stanford University Evaluation Center extension in Rio de Janeiro, working with David Fetterman in the field of empowerment evaluation in childhood education and with socially disadvantaged groups. [Ref: Protecting Working Children]

Tereza has published widely on the area of evaluation as a tool for democracy.

Yoland Wadsworth

Keynote: Conceptualising the building in of evaluative inquiry for more truly living human systems.

Workshop: Exploring the implications for practice of a living systems evaluative inquiry approach.

Yoland is a Fellow of the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) and author of the best-selling book ‘Everyday Evaluation on the Run’ (3e Allen & Unwin 2011).

She received the AES ET&S Award for an ‘outstanding contribution to evaluation in Australia’ in 1996, the AES Caulley-Tulloch Prize for Pioneering Evaluation Literature for the ‘U&I’ acute psychiatric services staff-consumer collaborative evaluation studies (with Maggie McGuiness & Merinda Epstein) in 1995, and the AES National Policy & Systems Award for the Narrative Evaluation Action Research (NEAR) community health promotion capacity-building project for the Department of Health (with Karen Goltz, Ani Wierenga and Gai Wilson) in 2007.

She is currently Adjunct Professor, Centre for Applied Social Research, RMIT University, Hon Principal Fellow, McCaughey Vic Health Centre, University of Melbourne and Distinguished Fellow of the Action Research Center, University of Cincinnati.

In 2010 her ground-breaking book Building in Research and Evaluation: Human inquiry for living systems was published by Allen & Unwin.

Ref: What is Participatory Action Research?

Samantha Lundon (Tainui, Ngati Te Ata, Ngati Makirangi)

Photo used with permission from Ako Aotearoa

Keynote: Getting it together through whanaungatanga, shared understanding and trust: A service provider’s perspective on ‘being evaluated’.

Workshop: Stepping stones to effective evaluation with Maori providers: Building whanaungatanga, shared understanding and trust.

Samantha is the kaihautu of Ideal Success Charitable Trust, a Maori provider in Manurewa.

She served on the Board of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and was integrally involved in its move from an audit to an evaluation system.

Ideal Success Charitable Trust has been delivering services to Maori in the Manukau region for many years, working in particular with low socio-economic families.

Ideal Success recently received a significant grant from ASB Trust to deliver an innovative programme (Nga Huarahi Tika) in Manurewa and as part of that, their team is developing a very innovative self-evaluation framework which involves building evaluation capacity with the client group, as well as a 360 degree model for clients and providers to evaluate reciprocally.

Ref: The story of Nga Huarahi Tika


anzea offers conference scholarships to a limited number of Maori, Pacific, new settler/migrant, student/unwaged and NGO agency representatives. If interested, please read the full scholarship information and apply.

Workshop Information

Pre-Conference workshops – Sunday 8th July 2.30pm to 5.30pm, Monday 9th July 9am to midday. For more information, see the pre-conference workshop programme.

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