Supporting effective government action through independent evaluation

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Current work:

Over the past three years we have been evaluating a New Model for supporting disabled people as it has been implemented in the Bay of Plenty, Auckland and Waikato. A synthesis of our evaluation findings from Year 1 can be found here. A final report will be completed in mid 2015.

During the first quarter of 2015 we will be evaluating the Industry Training Fund direct funding scheme (“DFS”). This scheme allows employers with significant numbers of industry trainees, groups of employers, Group Training Schemes, and current Modern Apprenticeship Coordinators selected by the TEC, to access the Industry Training Fund directly. The scheme is expected to improve participation and achievement, as well as drive performance and innovation by encouraging competition in the provision of industry training. Findings from the first phase of the evaluation can be found here.

Offshore, we are supporting Adam Smith International, and the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with a strategic evaluation of four country programmes in the Pacific (Tokelau, Samoa, Niue and Cook Islands). The evaluation is focused on the extent to which New Zealand’s support is contributing to sustainable human and economic development in these four countries.

Awards:

In 2010, Evalue Research won the Australasian Evaluation Society’s ‘Best Evaluation Study’ award for the evaluation of the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) policy. The judges noted the evaluation: “demonstrated sound attention to quality, quality assurance and the development of an appropriate evaluation methodology The methodology featured an inclusive approach across multiple stakeholders and Pacific cultural groups at key points in the evaluation. The evaluation has made a contribution to the evaluation of adaptive policies and principles of reciprocity”.