Evaluation standards for Aotearoa New Zealand

Evaluation standards for Aotearoa New Zealand

APRIL 2015

Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit

This document presents the standards for evaluation in Aotearoa New Zealand.

"The  Aotearoa New Zealand evaluation standards are principle-based rather than a set of rules. They are aspirational in their entirety. They outline expectations of evaluation processes, practice and products. They provide guidance on what should occur and how to judge the quality of an evaluation. They recognise
a range of evaluative activity and people involved, and sectors, contexts and cultural settings in which evaluation occurs in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The four principles framing the evaluation standards are:
• Respectful meaningful relationships
• Ethic of care
• Responsive methodologies and trustworthy results
• Competence and usefulness.

Integrity is the core value underlying these principles. Each principle is accompanied by five standards.
The first two principles and their standards are influenced by the values and principles from Ma-ori and Pasifika worldviews, and form the foundation for realising the other two principles.

ANZEA and Superu jointly developed the standards specifically for Aotearoa New Zealand. It is an important step in ensuring that evaluation in Aotearoa New Zealand is high quality, credible, valid, cost effective, culturally sound and responsive, ethical and meets the learning, development and accountability needs of our organisations, communities, projects and initiatives. "(page 7)


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