Please join us for our next Wellington Branch meeting: Whanaungatanga and Whakaaro!


WHEN: Tuesday 21st May
WHERE: Education Review Office, Level 1, 101 Lambton Quay, Wellington
COST: $5 koha for drinks/nibbles


You are warmly invited to hear a presentation and discussion led by Anne Dowden


Making good use of your evaluation framework what does this mean to you?

We’ve all heard about evaluation frameworks and many evaluators use them as a central tool for designing or guiding evaluation work. Given the effort and thinking that goes into developing a comprehensive evaluation framework, can we truly say, that we make good use of this tool?

Anne will present some thoughts on the key features of simple but useful evaluation frameworks. Then she will share her thoughts about making an evaluation framework work hard throughout an evaluation project.

You may have different ideas and tips to share from your own experiences – come along, listen and join in the discussion. 


About our speaker

Anne Dowden is an evaluation provider with her own practice providing services to Government agencies and other entities. Anne's usual approach is a collab with like-minded evaluation partners.

Anne is a pākehā New Zealand from a large Australian-New Zealand family. With her partner Nick, she has raised three rangatahi, Maddie, Burn and Devlin. Anne loves sharing time in the outdoors and has a passion for capturing this through photography.

Her other long-term passion is doing evaluation and making sure that her work supports stakeholders and most importantly that evaluations respect, gather and share authentic ideas and perspectives of the people that each service, programme or organisation are aiming to serve.

Anne works closely with clients on a range of projects on education, health, behaviour change, safety, and human rights. Current work involves a focus on equity of access and anti-exploitation, including digital access, neurodiverse learners and vulnerable people. She has a passion for scoping, designing and doing robust evaluation in team partnerships, for incorporating data matching and for sharing information using graphics, stories, workshops and useful reports.

As a part of thinking about good, robust evaluation, Anne has been pondering what differentiates evaluation practice from other endeavours. This has led her to look more into how, why, and when evaluation frameworks are actually used in evaluation – Anne will share her thoughts and lead a discussion on this topic.