The theme for the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association is: Evaluation for change: Change for evaluation – He arotake rereketanga: Kia rereke te arotaketanga. The conference is being held at Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, Auckland, July 16-18 2018. Full day workshops will be held on 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. But the process of creating change, the outcomes and its impacts, touch everyone and sometimes in unexpected ways. Are we responsible, as Professor Viviane Robinson asserts, for “…too much change and not enough improvement”?
We would like to know what conference delegates think the role and process of evaluation is – or needs to be – to enable positive change in a world where credibility can be questioned from above and below, and from different cultural perspectives. We would like to hear success stories where evaluation has contributed to positive change for social and environmental good. What worked, for who and why? We also want to hear about evaluation that did not lead to positive change, and why. We welcome contributions that 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?
Strands for the conference are being developed further but will include the following:
- The role of evaluation in change: why and how?
- The nature of change
- Translating evidence into practice
- The politics of change and contested evidence
- Societal and institutional change
- The role of change in evaluation
- The past: how has evaluation as a discipline changed? For the better?
- The future: Why and how might – or should – evaluation change?
- The changing evaluator: Personal and professional learning and development
- Evaluators as historians and futurists
- Equitable change, environment and social justice
- Evaluation for sustainable development
- Culturally responsive evaluation
- Ethics and ethical dilemmas
- Social media, cyber society and technology
- New tools
- Evaluating in a globally-connected world
The conference is being held at Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, Auckland, July 16-18 2018. Full day workshops will be held on July 19.
Keynote speakers will be announced as they are confirmed (watch this space!), and a call for papers will be issued in early 2018.