Evaluation Hub

The Evaluation Hub is an online platform for growing the Evaluative Thinking capability. The Evaluation Hub offers information and resources to help embed Evaluative Thinking into our day to day work such as when we develop a policy, implement a project or a programme, or even when we have our team meetings.

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Tony Clark: Kia ora I’m Tony and I’m part of the team behind Evaluation Hub. We created this site to help you apply evaluative thinking when you’re undertaking a new project, programme, policy or any initiative. In this introduction we will talk about why we need evaluative thinking, what it is, and the resources you can access from this site.

So why use evaluative thinking? We know we have persistent under achievement and poor life outcomes for priority groups in our education system.

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Tony Clark: The first is that we are not clear enough in setting out our desired outcomes and how our actions and resources are meant to achieve them. The second part is that we fail to consistently apply a framework for continuous improvement. We are not continually evaluating activities to see whether or not what we are doing is working. And then after we find out, we are not always committing to action.

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Jake Wills: So we created the Evaluation hub, we wanted to make it easy to access tools and resources that make evaluative thinking that much easier. But what do we mean by Evaluative Thinking. We mean the state of mind that encourages reflective practice. It’s the habit of using good evidence to make sound judgments.

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Jake Wills: Evaluative thinking is more than just collecting and collating data and involves constantly reflecting, questioning and using this to make informed decisions.

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Jake Wills: Evaluative thinking challenges us to be continually learning, reflecting and improving. It is the state of mind that encourages continual improvement. Like most things, the more you practice the better you get. We call this the small ‘e’ evaluation. The big ‘E’ Evaluation is the formal evaluation about finding out the impact of your project, programme or initiative.

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Matilde Figuracion: On this website you’ll find our Theory of Change page which will help you to understand how and why a desired change is expected to come about. It is a roadmap to get you from here to where you want to go. The Commissioning Page will help you to design a simple, pragmatic process and template around commissioning that teams can adapt and use as needed. Good commissioning is expected to provide greater clarity on what is expected by when, reduce needless rework and avoid duplication of effort.

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Matilde Figuracion: We have champions .. people like us who are trained to help you through the process.

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Matilde Figuracion: The Evaluative Thinking Questions is a great tool to embed evaluative thinking from the get-go. It can be used when you Plan, Do and Review your project, programme or any initiative.

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Tony Clark: So if you have a policy, project, programme or an initiative, these tools combined will help you ensure that your project is moving towards the goal you’ve set, so you can create the tangible impact your work intended. Welcome to the site.

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Steps to doing an evaluation explained in infographic

Download the Evaluation Journey infographic [PDF, 314KB] which explains the steps when doing an evaluation and what tools and resources are available. These tools and resources are hyperlinked to the information available in this website. For more information, please contact the evaluation capability building team at evaluation.research@education.govt.nz

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Want to get started, but don't know where to begin? Check out this guide to help you get started with evaluating.

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Tools and resources

Ready to start evaluating? We have a selection of tools and resources to help you conduct your evaluations.

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Unsure what to do or need help about Evaluative Thinking? Get in touch and we can get you in the right direction!

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Evaluation Champions programme

The Evaluation Champions programme is part of addressing the challenge of embedding a culture of continuous learning across the Ministry. It is about empowering and encouraging people to practice Evaluative Thinking in their daily life. The programme offers training for people who are keen to get better at evaluating. It also builds a network of champions so they can learn from each other.

Are you interested in becoming an Evaluation Champion?