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ANZEA Conference: Evaluation Innovation in Aotearoa

Evaluation innovation in Aotearoa; Enabling a safer climate and social equity for wellbeing. Toitū te whenua, toitū te tangata, whakamaua kia tina!

23rd March, 2021 to 25th March, 2021
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The ANZEA 2021 Conference aims to serve as a catalyst for innovative thinking and dialogue on the role of evaluation and on the transformative impact we can make.

This year’s Conference is organised around two primary focuses - social equity and a safer climate -   which speak to the uncertainty we live in and which has been emphasised by the COVID-19 epidemic. The theme is interwoven with four strands: innovation; indigenous ways of knowing; leadership; and methodology. 

This approach aims to help us explore the ways that evaluation in Aotearoa New Zealand might contribute to:

  • understanding current crises and challenges
  • responding to the threats and impacts of a global pandemic
  • taking action for social equity and a safer climate 
  • helping vulnerable communities adapt to current and future changes 
  • building collective responses as a profession; and
  • provide evaluation leadership on the global stage for a safer climate.

The conference will take place via Zoom between 10:00am and 3:00pm over the three days. Day 1 and 2 will feature a morning and afternoon keynote presentation. Day 3 will commence with the final keynote. 

Keynote Speakers: 

Atawhai Tibble
Of Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau a Apanui, Tuwharetoa, Whanganui, and Raukawa ki te Tonga descent, Atawhai is a strategic policy advisor, with interests spanning the economics of Māori well-being, the valuation of Māori language and culture, the measurement of cultural capital, the behavioural drivers of Māori outcomes, and Māori economic and social policy more generally.

Glenda H. Eoyang, PhD
Founding executive director of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute, Glenda leads a global community of over
800 scholar practitioners. They work across sectors to build adaptive capacity for individuals, teams, institutions, and communities.

Robin Lin Miller, PhD
Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University, where she directs the doctoral training program in ecological-community psychology and co-directs the master’s degree and certificate in program evaluation. 

Andy Rowe, PhD
Fellow and former President of Canadian Evaluation Society and recipient of the Society’s award for Contribution to Evaluation in Canada and over thirty-five years conducting evaluations in a wide range of natural resource and human settings now focusing on sustainability and climate.

Seini Taufa, PhD
Research and Evaluation Lead for Moana Research, and the Senior Pacific Advisor for Growing Up in New Zealand.  Dr Taufa was previously based at the University of Auckland where she taught for over ten years within the departments of Social and Community Health and Pacific Health, School of Population Health.