Dr. Andy Rowe
A Fellow and former President of Canadian Evaluation Society Andy has over forty years in evaluation now focusing on sustainability and climate and working globally. He was an early contributor to mainstreaming sustainability in evaluation and developing methods for this. He initiated the Canadian effort to mainstream environmental sustainability, is a founding member of Footprint Evaluation, joins evaluations addressing climate and sustainability and contributes to methods and practice through publications in peer reviewed outlets, webinars, workshops and conference keynote addresses.
Dr. Rowe has a PhD from the London School of Economics, is a Fellow of the Canadian Evaluation Society and was recognised by the Society for his contributions to evaluation. His current focus is developing materials and capacities for mainstreaming sustainability in evaluation as part of the work of Footprint Evaluation funded by the Global Evaluation Initiative. Recent assignments include joining evaluations of climate adaptation of smallholder projects of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, of IDRC Climate and Development Knowledge Network, of local stakeholder engagement in the Climate Investment Fund, as a member of the Adaptation Fund Technical Evaluation Reference Group, developing an outcome approach with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, as well as evaluating environmental conflict resolution in a range of settings.
Dr. E. Jane Davidson
Dr. E. Jane Davidson is an internationally recognized, award winning evaluation author, keynote speaker, practitioner, and coach. She was the 2019 recipient of the American Evaluation Association’s prestigious Paul F. Lazarsfeld Evaluation Theory Award.
Jane is best known for pioneering the increasingly popular Evaluation Rubrics Methodology, which guides mixed method evidence synthesis using evaluative reasoning and methodologies that are systematic, transparent, culturally responsive, credible, and valid. Her Sage text, Evaluation Methodology Basics, focuses on the methodologies such as rubrics that are distinctive to evaluation and typically missing from training in applied social science research.
Jane is former Associate Director of The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University, where she co-designed (with Dan Stufflebeam), launched, and directed the world's first fully interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation. After an 11-year stint back home in New Zealand working across multiple sectors, she is excited to be back in the States. Jane is based in Seattle and works with clients around the world.
Jane is particularly sought after for her ability to “cut through the clutter” and help people get clear, succinct, well-reasoned, actionable answers to the most important questions.
Dr Jesse Kokaua
Dr Jesse Kokaua is a Cook Islands statistician and senior research fellow in the Va’a O Tautai – Centre for Pacific Health in the Division of Health Sciences at the University of Otago, Dunedin. Dr Kokaua has made a significant contribution to advancing the Pacific Strategic Framework within the University of Otago, including publications regarding student support, graduate outcomes and providing operational data management support for his workplace and the Office for Pacific Development. He provides statistical evidence that contributes to the efficacy of the support programmes set up for Pacific students at the University. Jesse has worked in the public health sector and was employed as an evaluator for Pasifika Futures. He retains a strong association with the latter and continues to collaborate in research projects with members of their evaluation team.
As one of a small group of Pacific biostatisticians his ability to contribute to both statistical analyses and cultural appropriateness is both rare and valuable. Dr Kokaua has successfully gained multiple HRC grants, supported undergraduate and post graduate students and encouraged a supportive research environment through biostatistical support and mentorship, particularly for Pacific students and colleagues. His HRC funded research investigates the benefits of education to the health of Pacific families and includes findings from the Graduate Longitudinal Study NZ, Pacific Island Families study, New Zealand’s IDI and a series of Talanoa of Pacific families. While studies have looked at the socio-economic or health benefits associated with education, few sought to view these with a Pasifika lens to investigate generational differences in health outcomes and their association with education.
He has also driven theoretical and methodological advancement for Pacific health through the development of a Tivaivai model which incorporates Pacific perspectives into quantitative interpretations. He has published in the areas of health, predominantly mental health, with a keen focus upon the needs of Pacific communities.
Dr Amohia Boulton
Dr Amohia Boulton (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngai te Rangi, Ngāti Pukenga, Ngāti Mutunga and Te Āti Awa o te Waka a Māui), is the Director of Whakauae Research Services Ltd, the only tribally owned and mandated health research centre in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Amohia also holds Adjunct Professor positions at both the Health Services Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington and in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).
A former policy analyst and Private Secretary to the Associate Minister of Māori Affairs Parekura Horomia, Amohia holds a PhD in Māori Studies from Massey University, Palmerston North as well as MA Appl (Soc Sci Res), BA(Hons) and BA degrees from Victoria University of Wellington. She is a former Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) Māori Health Training Fellow; an HRC Erihapeti Rehu Murchie Postdoctoral Fellow; and an International Scholar in Indigenous Health through the Aboriginal Capacity and Development Research Environment (ACADRE) initiative. Following the completion of her postdoctoral studies, where she spent time as a Visiting Professor at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada, Amohia left the university sector to work as a researcher at Whakauae Research Services Ltd where she became the Director in 2016.
Amohia is a kaupapa Māori health services researcher of some 20 years’ experience. Her research focuses on the relationship between, and contribution of, government policy to improving wellbeing outcomes for Māori. Under Amohia’s leadership, Whakauae has pursued a vision of “transforming Māori lives through excellent research” working with Whakauae’s tribal owners, university colleagues, and community partners to undertake excellent health policy and health services research that advances an equity agenda for Māori health. This vision has resulted most recently in a five-year, Health Research Council of New Zealand-funded programme of research entitled Kia Puawai ake ngā uri whakatupu: Flourishing future generations premised on the belief that Māori must develop and lead their own solutions if real system change is to be achieved.
Amohia is the 2021 recipient of the Health Research Council of New Zealand’s Te Tohu Rapuora Medal’s for leadership, excellence, and contribution to advancing Māori health knowledge. This year, Amohia was inducted as Fellow of the Australian Evaluation Society; one of only three Indigenous people to be recognised in this manner.
Presentation overview: Ka mua, ka muri, ka mua ka ako: Reflecting on the past to inform our futures
The theme of this conference, taken from a well-known Māori whakataukī, Kia whakatōmuri te haere whakamua acknowledges the past, while at the same time encouraging us to walk into the future being genuinely aware of that past.
For those of us with some longevity in the profession, the theme compels us to think about how our early experiences, former practices, and previous achievements as evaluators and how these might inform and shape the profession of evaluation into the future.
In this presentation I will reflect on a quarter century of working in the fields of evaluation and research. Change has been a constant theme underpinning my work, however the scale of change we have witnessed in Aotearoa New Zealand in the last two years has been both significant and comprehensive. For Māori, the impacts of these changes on our community and our whānau are still being understood. What then, can we as evaluators and researchers contribute to the nations’ need to analyse, comprehend and learn from this change? What lessons can we take from the past which will allow us to stand united in an authentic partnership to meet the challenges of the future? What is our role as evaluators and researchers in that future, and what is the legacy we “oldies” leave for those new and emerging evaluators who will take up our mantle?
In this address I will provide a glimpse into what I have learned, what I might have done differently, who and what shaped my experiences as an evaluator/researcher. I conclude with the view that the skill of evaluative thinking and the theory, practice and profession of evaluation remains critical for our nation today but perhaps even more so as we look forward into an unknown future.
Since arriving in Aotearoa from India as a four year old Jeph Mathias has oscillated around
this messy planet. He navigated school in Auckland, university in England, taught in an illegal
multi-racial school in apartheid South Africa, volunteered at Mother Teresa’s in Kolkata,
returned to Auckland medical school but left to trap crocodiles in the Amazon. Back in safe
Aotearoa Jeph started doctoring in Nelson and began specialising in Hamilton but couldn’t
resist the magical, messy world out there. With his wife Kaaren Jeph left NZ medicine for
Cambodian slum life, then Colombia’s guerrilla war with MSF. Paramilitary death threats
and Kaaren’s belly full of twins brought them back to Aotearoa so Jeph resuscitated his
Emergency Medicine while moonlighting through a Massey Dev. Studies MPhil. It was
medicine and nappies on Banks Peninsula until the big wide wild world broke in… Jeph,
Kaaren and kids lived in the Himalayas 2006-20 zooming out from stethoscopes to systems,
structures and inequalities. They caught (only just!) the last pre-pandemic plane to Godzone.
Now in Sydenham, Jeph’s evaluating a Pakistan refugee programme, works with Guatemalan
adolescents on monitoring, is developing an iteration of Realist Evaluation with an Australian
team and just launched a participatory Outcome Harvest with high-security prisoners in
Ōtautahi.... but another shoulder-tap from the wide, wild world is surely coming.