This New Zealand evaluation was conducted by a team with strong representation and expertise in Indigenous evaluation, as well as technical aspects related to a health program supported by the New Zealand government. The evaluation used a collaborative capacity building approach and participatory methodologies to fully involve Indigenous communities in the design and conduct of the evaluation.

Evaluation team:
Gill Potaka-Osborne and Lynley Cvitanovic of Whakauae Research Services; Maaki Tuatini and Roberta Williams of Te Oranganui Trust; and Raetihi Pah – for the Te Puawai O Te Ahi Kaa Evaluation

The evaluation captures the true essence of what Indigenous evaluation is about and what it should reflect – done by, with and for Indigenous people. It gives Indigenous people a powerful voice and platform to determine their future and destiny by encapsulating the community beliefs and traditions. These are highly valued and prized as an asset.

What the judges found most exciting about the evaluation is that it utilised Indigenous perspectives, languages and world views in each aspect of the evaluation, from concept design to stakeholder engagement. The evaluation thereby provides a model for practitioners in Australasia to do evaluations with Indigenous people by drawing on Indigenous people’s knowledge and insights