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Developmental evaluation workshop

This three-day workshop aims to take a deep dive into the practice of developmental evaluation, exploring, unpacking and engaging participants in what it means to practice evaluation using principles as guides. Participants will be equipped with the confidence, mind-set and motivation, as well as with new skills and tools to engage in developmental evaluation practice in their own settings.

New Zealand
13th February, 2019 to 15th February, 2019
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Waikato region of New Zealand's North Island
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The need for people in communities and organisations to innovate has never been greater, as we face local, regional, national and global challenges to our way of lives, our environments and our cultures. Developmental evaluation supports practitioners and people in communities and organisations to develop and innovate, as well as to track, monitor and evaluate in real time, as initiatives are developing. Developmental Evaluation offers a fresh approach to evaluating social innovation and community-led change. Using a set of guiding principles, rather than rules, Developmental Evaluation is situational, contextual, culturally responsive and ethical.  

Who should attend?

The workshop for anyone working in the field of social change and social justice who engages with evaluation: evaluation practitioners, program staff, government officials, community members and funders. For the learning to be really deep, meaningful and practical, we encourage those attending to come with another person you work or practice with regularly so that you apply learning and reflect on it together when you return to your everyday work and life.

How will the workshop be organised?

The learning will be designed to be highly participative, relational and will include experiential opportunities to reinforce and challenge thinking and practice. There will be a strong emphasis on creativity as a mode for learning as well as an approach for evaluation.

What are the learning outcomes?

After the event, participants will be able to:

  • Understand where developmental evaluation can be used
  • Understand how to use principles as guides for innovation and evaluation
  • Apply the developmental evaluation principles in their own contexts
  • Critically unpack and examine their own values and principles in a way that enhances their evaluation practice and other’s experience of evaluation
  • Apply and use several cutting edge developmental evaluation tools and methods

What are the costs?

The event will cost $750.00 NZD / $499.00 USD for the three days, not including accommodation.


Developmental Evaluation Institute co-founders and workshop facilitators Nan Wehipeihana, Nora Murphy, and Kate McKegg are internationally known for the contributions to developmental evaluation field. Collaborators include Michael Quinn Patton, Kataraina Pipi, and A. Rafael Johnson is novelist and arts-based evaluator. Learn more about the facilitation team here.  

About Raglan

Raglan is a coastal town in the Waikato region of New Zealand’s North Island. It’s known for black-sand Ngarunui Beach and the long surf break at Manu Bay. Situated on the West Coast of New Zealand’s North Island, just a 45-minute drive west of Hamilton or a two- hour drive south of Auckland, Raglan is fast becoming a top holiday destination both for New Zealanders and international visitors. For more information see

How to apply

There are three stages to the application:

  1. Register. Space is limited to 30 people. Register early.
  2. Notification of place. Places are only guaranteed once the fee is paid and you have received confirmation of your placement from the DEI team.
  3. Confirmation. Confirmation of registration with detailed information about the Convening as well as any documentation to support travel.
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