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Date and time: Thursday 24th January 2019 12.00 – 1.00 pm
Topic: Developing defensible criteria use in Public Sector evaluation | What do we do now? How can we make it better?
Presenters: Mathea Roorda
Venue: Education Review Office, Level 1, 101 Lambton Quay, Wellington
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You are warmly invited to a joint ANZEA and AES event with Mathea Roorda. Fresh from putting the finishing touches on her PhD in evaluation in the public sector,   Mathea will present on the key themes.
Come along and network with colleagues over lunch (bring your own lunch). Mathea’s presentation will start shortly after 12 noon.

Date and time: Friday 10th August 11.30-12.30
Topic: For whom the bell tolls: the sustainability of social research and evaluation institutions
Presenters: Malcolm Menzies and David Preston
Venue: Huia room, Land Information New Zealand, level 7 155 The Terrace 
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This is a free seminar organised by the Wellington Regional Network Committee of the AES. Our seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in Wellington and to share and learn from the experiences of fellow evaluators. Members are encouraged to bring along colleagues with an interest in the topic even if they are not yet members of the AES. Please forward onto your networks.


Date and time: Thursday 13th December 2018 4.30 – 7pm
Presenters: Penny Hawkins
Venue: Ministry of Food, Morrison Kent House, 105 The Terrace
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We warmly invite you to join us for a joint end of year evaluation celebration with AES and ANZEA! An opportunity for an informal catch-up with evaluation colleagues from Wellington (and any others keen to travel!).

We’re excited to have Penny Hawkins with us for the event. Penny will warm up the crowd by giving a short talk, reflecting on the state of evaluation in central government in the UK, followed by an open discussion on how this compares to the situation in NZ.  

Some food and drinks will be provided. Space will be limited so be sure to get in to secure your space. As we will be ordering food ahead for this event we would be most grateful if you can advise if you’re no longer able to attend.

Presenters background

Penny Hawkins is an evaluation specialist experienced in international development and public policy evaluation across a wide range of sectors and organisations. She is the Founder and Principal Consultant at Creative Evaluation Limited, a woman-owned evaluation consultancy business based in Wellington.  Penny is the former Head of Evaluation at the UK Department for International Development (2013-16) and now works with international philanthropic, multi-lateral and private sector organisations to develop and strengthen their evaluation systems. Previously, she held various evaluation leadership and management roles including with The Rockefeller Foundation in New York (2010-13) and the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2003-10) and Ministry of Social Development (1995-2003). She has also served in several international professional leadership roles including as Chair of the OECD-DAC Network on Development Evaluation (2013-16) and as a former President (2001-4) and current Fellow of the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES). 


Topic: Making sense of guidance on evaluation practice: what’s out there, how to use it”
Presenter: David Turner, David Turner Research Ltd
Date & time: Thursday, 9 March 2017, 12.00 – 1.00 pm
Venue: The session will be hosted by EvaluationConsult at level 10, Terrace Conference Centre, 114 The Terrace.
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Practitioners of programme evaluation have considerable guidance to consider in the form of codes of practice, ethics guidelines, evaluation standards, and statements of evaluator competencies. There is so much material, much of which presents the same ideas in different ways, that it is hard to know what to pay attention to, and how to use it. Some of the guidance is brief but some is not—the US Program Evaluation Standards run to over 300 pages.

Evaluation practitioners have the greatest use for guidance on practice, but they are not the only audience. Some of the materials are directed to those who commission evaluation work and organisations that employ evaluators, as well as to practitioners themselves. Evaluation practitioners can draw on this material to guide their clients in understanding their own responsibilities for useful and ethical evaluations.

This seminar is intended to give practitioners a better understanding of the guidance that is available for their use, and how it is relevant to them. David will describe different types of guidance and how they overlap, discussing their underlying purposes and principles. He will draw on examples from New Zealand and Australia as well as other countries such as the US and the UK. He will discuss similarities between them as well as differences in scope and purpose.

Participants will then be asked to talk in small groups about their awareness of ethics guidance in different forms, the extent to which such guidance has influenced their professional work, and how they may want to use it in future.

David Turner is an independent evaluation practitioner based in Wellington, New Zealand. He is the owner and director of David Turner Research Ltd. He has worked in or for the NZ public sector for over 20 years, in a variety of policy areas that included labour, immigration, employment relations, justice, and housing. He worked in the US public sector before coming to New Zealand, also in the field of research and evaluation. David has chaired the AES ethics committee, has lectured on evaluation at the graduate level, and retains an interest in ethics and other issues of professional practice.

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19 and 20 June 2014 – Wellington | 23 and 24 June 2014 - Auckland

Workshop details

Dates - 19 and 20 June 2014 – Wellington, 23 and 24 June 2014 – Auckland
Time - 9am to 5pm (registration from 8.30am) – both workshops
Locations - St Andrew's on The Terrace, Wellington and tba Auckland
Presenters - Dr Amy Gullickson and Dr Ghislain Arbour
Register by - 13 June 2014

Workshop fees - Members NZ$770.00, Non-members NZ$935.00, Student member NZ$220, Student non-member NZ$302.50. There is no GST payable on these fees.  Each workshop is limited to 25 participants.

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Often evaluation is understood as a set of actions or activities we undertake, such as monitoring or research. To truly engage in evaluation, we need to do more than just act; we need to learn how to think, by developing our evaluation reasoning. It's like learning how to walk and chew gum at the same time.


  • What makes an evaluation truly an evaluation?


  • Others how you analyse the programmes and other social interventions that you have to manage, evaluate or just try to comprehend?


  • To understand evaluation, shape your thinking about it, and have a basic toolbox to start taking action?

If you have answered "yes" to any of these questions then you will benefit from attending the Evaluative Thinking into Action – Workshop.

Facilitated by evaluation experts, Dr Amy Gullickson and Dr Ghislain Arbour, this workshop invites participates to bring evaluation challenges from their work into the workshop so they can work on plans and ideas to take back to the workplace.
Interactive in style and facilitated to ensure that every participant's needs and problems are addressed, you will benefit from shared experience. In particular, the presenters' knowledge and experience of evaluation in academia, health care, education, business, not for profit, international development, and faith communities will help your organisation.
Participants in this workshop, through live experiments, discussion, activities, and short presentations, will learn about evaluation and show you how to interpret and appreciate:

  • Language: What all that jargon means
  • Logic: What it means to think like an evaluator
  • Process: The basics of doing an evaluation from start to finish
  • Tools: Program analysis, logic models, tips for dealing with clients and stakeholders
  • Continuing development: Resources and reading suggestions to take away

But, most importantly you will go back to your workplace inspired and prepared to address the tasks of evaluation with your new skills and tools that you can employ immediately in your own organisation.

Who should attend?

This workshop offers foundation skills and is suitable to anyone with an interest in evaluation and evaluative thinking. You'll be able to use the tools in your work, whether it is policy, program development or evaluation.

About the Presenters
AmyDr Amy (ay-mee) Gullickson is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education's Centre for Program Evaluation, where she teaches, advises students conducting research, works on various evaluation projects, and directs the development of CPE's upcoming fully online Evaluation courses. Amy earned a PhD in Interdisciplinary Evaluation from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her evaluation and research experience span a variety of contexts, including academia, health care, education, business, not for profit, international development, and faith communities. Her research and work over the past several years has involved exploring how organisations have and can work toward evaluation mainstreaming. Amy hails from the Midwestern United States. She is a bit wary about marmite, but is looking forward to her first time in New Zealand.



GhislainDr Ghislain (jee-sle/an) Arbour is a newly appointed Senior Lecturer at the University Of Melbourne Graduate School Of Education's Centre for Program Evaluation. He has just arrived in the region, coming from Canada where he earned a PhD in Public Administration from the Public Administration National School (ENAP), which is located in his home province, Quebec. When it comes to research and teaching, Ghislain is interested in governmental transparency issues, the political role of program evaluation, the concepts of evaluation and logical evaluative claims. Also, he likes to help develop evaluation policies for governmental agencies and wants good institutions in order to encourage good evaluations. The second best reason why he is visiting New Zealand (you are the first!) is his interest in a famous beer with the promising name of "Optimus Prime"!

Seminar: Evaluation for an Equitable Society

AES Wellington welcomes you to the first evaluation seminar of 2014

Evaluation for an Equitable Society, presented by Bob Picciotto

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Thursday 27 February at 12.15pm, MFAT, 195 Lambton Quay, Wellington, Come to Level 12

All welcome. Bring your lunch. No need to RSVP

The 2008 global economic crisis and its aftermath have brought into focus the unfair social arrangements and the dysfunctional governance practices that have triggered an unprecedented rise in inequality worldwide. The benefits secured from technological progress, economic growth and the growing interconnectedness of nations have not been distributed equitably. The richest 0.5% now hold well over a third of the world's wealth while 68% share only 4%. Is the evaluation community equipped to take on the diverse, unprecedented and interconnected challenges of economic disparities, social unrest and environmental stress? Are contemporary evaluation models, practices and priorities fit for purpose? How should the enabling context for evaluation evolve to meet the challenges of social inclusion and environmental sustainability? What evaluation ideas, methods and processes should be nurtured and disseminated to help generate systemic policy reform?

Robert (Bob) Picciotto, AcSS, Visiting Professor, King's College (London) holds a graduate degree from Princeton University. At the World Bank, he served as Vice President, Corporate Planning and Budgeting and for two successive 5 year terms as Director-General of the Independent Evaluation Group. Since 2002 he has provided independent evaluation advice to several international organizations, development agencies, foundations and think tanks. He sits on the boards of the UK Evaluation Society and the European Evaluation Society and is currently a senior adviser to the New Zealand Aid Programme on strategic evaluation and research.

Te Whetu Rēhua: A framework for defining as Māori participation in sport and recreation at a community level

Date and Time: Wednesday 20 November, 12pm to 1pm
Venue: Community Research, Level 16, 171 Featherston Street Wellington
(Same floor as Rainey Collins Lawyers)


Presenters: Veronica Thompson, Sport New Zealand and Kate McKegg, Kataraina Pipi and Nan Wehipeihana, the Kinnect Group.

He Oranga Poutama is a Sport NZ initiative that supports Māori well being through sport and recreation. In 2009, the programme evolved from a focus on increasing the participation by Māori in sport, to one of participating and leading as Māori in sport and traditional physical recreation at community level.

A developmental approach was utilised to develop a grounded understanding of what as Māori participation looks like, in sport and recreation contexts. The framework that emerged - Te Whetu Rēhua – articulates five key principles and concepts that collectively define as Māori participation in the He Oranga Poutama programme context.

The presentation will focus on the framework development process and the application of the Te Whetu Rēhua as a programme management, monitoring and evaluation framework. The presentation will appeal to evaluators, researchers and policy analysts looking to develop culturally based frameworks and/or seeking an increased understanding of the concept and application of as Māori.

About the presenters: Veronica Thompson is a Senior Advisor with Sport New Zealand and oversees the He Oranga Poutama programme. Kate McKegg, Kataraina Pipi and Nan Wehipeihana are independent evaluators, who with Veronica Thompson and the He Oranga Poutama providers developed the Te Whetu Rēhua framework.

24 September 2012

Presenter: Kate McKegg

Fees: $NZ410 (AES members), $NZ553 (non-members)


This workshop is intended to give participants an overview of evaluation utilization. It will also provide a series of practical tips and insights about evaluation utilisation and the preparation of evaluation recommendations. The workshop will be interactive combining a number of formats:  lecture, discussion, hands-on practical exercises and question and answer sessions. 

Course Content

This workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Planning for evaluation use
  • Different kinds of evaluation use
  • The sources, intention and timing of evaluation use or influence
  • Consideration of intended users and uses
  • Challenges and debates about evaluation utilization
  • Steps for preparing thoughtful, useful and practical recommendations
    • Distinguishing  between interpretation, evaluation judgments and recommendations
    • Tips for preparing and generating recommendations
    • Challenges and controversy about evaluation recommendations.


Outcomes and Benefits

Participants will:

  • Expand their understanding of evaluation utilization and the preparation of evaluation recommendations
  • Learn how to prepare and plan for, as well as promote utilization in evaluation
  • Understand how to develop thoughtful, useful and practical recommendations
  • Sharing experiences and learning with a leading expert in evaluation as well as with peers

Target Audience

This workshop requires participants to have some prior knowledge and practice of evaluation. It will benefit experienced evaluation professionals from the NGO, community and government sectors who have an interest or have direct responsibility to account for the performance of projects or programs.  If you are new to evaluation project management you will also benefit from sharing in the interactive exchange with more experienced colleagues.